Nissan e.dams aims to repeat Chilean speed in Formula E
Nissan e.dams is returning to the scene of its first ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole position as the all-electric street racing series heads to Santiago, Chile for this season’s round three.
Driver Sebastien Buemi scored the team’s first pole position in Chile last year, during Nissan’s debut season in the championship. Buemi and team-mate Oliver Rowland went on to rack up a total of six pole positions, a qualifying record for teams in season five.
The Nissan e.dams team developed an updated powertrain for season six of Formula E, in line with new series regulations. It replaced Nissan’s dual electric-motor system, which delivered record-setting results for the team in season five.
The team demonstrated strong pace at the opening rounds of the current season in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November 2019. Rowland scored a pair of top-five finishes, and Buemi recorded a front-row start for round two.
Cars will hit the 14-turn, 2.35 km the O’Higgins Park circuit for the first time at 5pm local time on Friday 17 January for the Santiago E-Prix shakedown. Saturday’s action begins at 8am with the 45-minute (plus one lap) race scheduled for 4:04pm.
Sebastien Buemi: “The race weekend in Chile was an important step for our programme last year, when we scored our first series pole position. 12 months later, we want to go beyond that performance and target our first win for season six. We demonstrated some strong pace at the opening round, and I’m confident our updated powertrain will ensure we remain very competitive.”
Oliver Rowland: “Coming into my second season, I’m already familiar with many of the tracks, so that’s a big step forward for me. Our simulator is a huge help, but having real race laps under your belt certainly is an advantage. I was thrilled with my race pace in Riyadh, and now my target is to improve in qualifying. That will really give me a chance to challenge at the front of the pack.”
Gregory Driot, Nissan e.dams Team Principal: “Having raced in Santiago last year, we’ve got data that’s very helpful as we prepare to return to the same venue. We’ve been able to use this data to further improve our simulator, which both Sebastien and Olivier have done plenty of miles to get ready for this weekend.”
Michael Carcamo, Nissan Global Motorsport Director: “Our performance in Riyadh was extremely promising, but we know we have to keep pushing, because the competition in season six has risen to a new level. We can’t rest on our laurels – we still have a lot of homework to do before we hit the track in Chile.”