Nissan has named Sebastien Buemi and Alex Albon as the team’s drivers for its debut season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Partnering with racing outfit e.dams, which helped Renault win three championship titles in the past four seasons, Nissan becomes the first Japanese company to join the electric racing championship series.
Buemi, 29, spent the past four seasons as a driver with Renault e.dams, clinching the 2015/2016 driver’s championship. Among his accomplishments are the series’ records in wins, poles, most laps led, races led, fastest laps, consecutive wins, most wins in a season, consecutive point-scoring finishes. He will debut in the company’s new Gen2 Formula E car at next month’s series open test in Valencia, Spain.
“Season five will be a whole new beginning for me in many ways,” said Buemi, who finished fourth in the championship in 2018. “There’s so much that’s new – the cars, the race format, the venues. I look forward to continuing to work with e.dams and bringing the excitement of Nissan’s world-leading electric vehicle technology to motorsports fans all over the globe.”
Albon, 22, will make his Formula E debut. He finished second in the 2016 GP3 series and is currently third in this year’s FIA Formula 2 championship with three wins.
“The level of competition in the series is intense, and I’m looking forward to testing myself against some of the best drivers in the world,” Albon said. “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.”
Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsports director, lauded the two drivers.
“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,” he said.
“We can’t think of a better team to showcase our innovative technologies and our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.”
Season five will begin Dec. 15 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.