Nissan e.dams brings Formula E excitement to China
Nissan e.dams heads to China this week for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship series, which comes to the southern city of Sanya.
China hosted the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, where e.dams started on pole position. A brand new 2.236km anti-clockwise circuit awaits them in 2019, which means the team has been utilising its simulator to prepare for the race.
Nissan e.dams has been a strong contender in recent rounds of the all-electric street racing championship. 2015/16 series champion Sebastien Buemi started on pole in Santiago, Chile, in round three and fought for the podium in Mexico City.
His rookie team-mate Oliver Rowland has displayed how quickly he has adapted to the series, topping his qualifying group in the past two races as well as leading the opening laps at the most recent round in Hong Kong.
The Nissan e.dams team has been popular in the “Fanboost” vote. Fans of the team can help its drivers access an extra boost of energy during each race by tweeting using the hashtags #FANBOOST and #SebastienBuemi or #OliverRowland. They can also vote by visiting nismo.com/fanboost/seb or nismo.com/fanboost/oliver.
The race day action in Sanya begins at 7:30am local time on March 23. The 45-minute +1 lap race is scheduled for 3pm.
Sebastien Buemi: “The Nissan e.dams car has shown great speed in the past three races, but the results we’ve been chasing haven’t come yet. We have no choice but to keep working as hard as we can. There’s no point in us looking back and wondering, ‘what if.’ Everyone at Nissan e.dams has continued to work incredibly hard to improve our package further. When I look back at the first Formula E race in China five years ago and compare it with today, the level of competition is almost unrecognisable. We’ve had five different drivers on pole and five different race winners so far this season. I’ve had the pole, but now I want to add my name to the winners list.”
Oliver Rowland: “After the past two races, I certainly feel like I belong in this championship. I may be a rookie, but the speed is there. Now, I want to reward Nissan e.dams’ faith in me by bringing home a result. This weekend will be a little more of a level playing field for me, as this will be a brand-new track for everyone in the championship. After Hong Kong, we’ve been back to the simulator in France to prepare for this week. The simulation work is a vital part of our preparation. When we roll out the pit lane for the first time, we have a better idea what to expect and have a solid plan in place both for qualifying and the race.”
Jean-Paul Driot, Team Principal: “We’re looking forward to heading back to China. The team has worked very hard on preparation for this race, and we managed to win there the second year with Sebastien. The team has worked very hard on preparation for this race. These new venues are always a big challenge, but our focus on simulation tools in conjunction with Nissan is certainly paying off.”
Michael Carcamo, Nissan Global Motorsport Director: “China is very important for Nissan in terms of sales and manufacturing, so we’d love to celebrate our first podium here. We’ve seen both our drivers lead races already this season, and now we just have to complete the job. We’re continuing to improve our overall package and give our drivers the best car possible.”