After racing for the e.dams outfit since 2014, Sebastian Buemi bids farewell to the name that brought him so much success in the all-electric series. Bringing home the ABB FIA Formula E Driver’s Champion title with Renault e.dams in 2015/16, he was instrumental in the outfit securing three Teams' championship titles between 2014 and 2017. In his own words, Buemi pays tribute to the team and also its late founder Jean-Paul Driot.
“Last weekend in Seoul marked the end of Formula E’s Season 8 and my last moments with the Nissan e.dams team,” said the Formula E champion moments after finishing the season finale in Seoul. “It was a really emotional weekend and I am really proud of what we have achieved. A total of 98 races together since the very beginning of the championship. We enjoyed victories and podiums along the way.”
Taken on by the late e.dams founder Jean-Paul Driot, Buemi thrived under the Frenchman's leadership, collecting 833 points, 29 podiums, 13 wins, 14 Julius Baer Pole Positions, seven fastest laps and one Driver’s title since the very beginning of Formula E in 2014.
“I have beautiful memories from my time with e.dams and I would like to say thank you to the Driot family for the support they showed me throughout the years. Jean-Paul was a mentor and a second dad to me and I was lucky enough to have the chance to drive for his team and I will never forget that. A big thank you to Jean-Paul’s sons Gregory and Olivier for their great support.”
After bringing home three Teams' championships for his former team Renault e.dams, Buemi moved with the e.dams squad under the new name of Nissan e.dams for its debut season in Formula E alongside Oliver Rowland in 2018. Together, the pair took the team to fourth in the teams' standings in their debut season, while Buemi finished second behind Jean-Eric Vergne in the Drivers' championship.
With no official word on which team Buemi will race for as the Gen3 era dawns on Formula E, it's likely Buemi will return according to paddock whispers, with an announcement on where he’ll drive in Gen3 expected before too long.
“I would also like to thank the whole team who worked so hard during all these years. It has not been easy lately but we kept pushing until the end. I'm now already looking forward to the start of a new adventure and to see what is in store for us with the Gen3 next year.”
Published on 17th August 2022