Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi & U.K. based Alex Albon will drive for Nissan when it makes its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in December.
Nissan’s Formula E program will show a new “performance side” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven & integrated into society. As the first Japanese company to join the electric racing championship series, Nissan will draw on its proven experience as the all-time world leader in electric cars having sold more than 350,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles since introducing the model in 2010.
Buemi, 29, spent the past four seasons as a driver with e.dams – Nissan’s Formula E racing partner. He will debut in Nissan colors aboard the company’s new Gen2 Formula E car at next month’s series open test in Valencia, Spain. Buemi’s past accomplishments on the track include taking the 2015/2016 driver’s championship & setting series records including most wins, most pole positions, most fastest laps, most consecutive wins, most wins in a season, most consecutive point scoring finishes, most laps led & (deep breath) … most races led!
Buemi said :
“Season five will be a whole new beginning for me in many ways. There’s so much that’s new with the cars, the race format & the venues. I look forward to continuing to work with e.dams & bringing the excitement of Nissan’s world-leading electric vehicle technology to motorsports fans all over the globe.”
Alex Albon will make his Formula E debut with Nissan after impressive performances in the international junior single-seater categories. He finished second in the 2016 GP3 series & is currently third in points in this year’s FIA Formula 2 championship with three wins.
Albon said :
“The level of competition in the series is intense & I’m looking forward to testing myself against some of the best drivers in the world. Electric street racing will be a new challenge for me, but working with Sebastien as my teammate will be a huge help as he has set the benchmark for performance in the series.”
Nissan will make its Formula E debut in the first round of season five which takes place on the 15th of December this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Races will follow in Marrakesh; Morocco; Mexico City; Hong Kong; Sanya; China; Rome; Paris; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Berlin & New York.
Additional races are scheduled for 26/01/2019 & 09/06/2019 at venues to be announced.
Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsports director said :
“Sebastien’s impressive record in the Formula E championship speaks for itself, and pairing him with a young star like Alex is a great combination. We can’t think of a better team to showcase our innovative technologies & our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.”
Jean-Paul Driot, principal of e.dams, said:
“Sebastien has been an important part of the e.dams team since our first Formula E race four years ago in China. We know Alex well from his performances with DAMS in Formula 2 & we’re excited to bring his talent into the Formula E championship.”