Nissan E.Dams’ Buemi Takes Podium At Home Race



BERN, Switzerland (June 26, 2019) – Nissan e.dams Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi scored a podium on home soil in the ABB FIA Formula E championship by finishing third on the streets of Bern. Fresh from scoring his initial season five podium at the last race in Berlin, Buemi qualified third fastest and held that position to the checkered flag despite intense pressure and a dramatic late-race rain shower which threatened to jumble the results.

The podium finish by Buemi was the fourth for Nissan e.dams in its debut season in Formula E. Today’s points haul has also lifted the Swiss driver to seventh in the championship with two races remaining, while Nissan e.dams are fourth in the team’s championship.

Nissan is using Formula E to demonstrate the power and performance of its electric vehicle technology – a key part of the company’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.

The makers of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, Nissan’s new LEAF e+ is now available in European markets and like the “Gen2” Formula E car – it has more power and more range than its predecessor.

Buemi was fourth fastest in his qualifying group and went through to Super Pole where he impressed to line up third on the grid. His teammate Oliver Rowland, unfortunately, did not make it through to the top six shootouts and was subsequently caught up in an opening corner melee which red flagged the race and delayed the Swiss E-Prix by 45 minutes.

While Rowland’s car was undamaged in the traffic jam, he later made slight contact with the wall and was forced to retire.

At the front of the pack, Buemi launched several attacks to try to move up to second using attack mode and #FANBOOST while also defending the pack from behind.

Rain began to fall in the final minutes of the race closing the margins at the front with the top four cars covered by a mere 1.1 seconds at the checkered flag.

“We’ve scored three podiums in a row. We knew to come in as the newest manufacturer to the championship that the challenge ahead was immense, but we are very happy with our progress,” Nissan global motorsport director, Michael Carcamo said.

“We do have one final goal to get to victory lane, and we’ll be giving it our utmost in New York.”

New York will host the final rounds of the season five championship with a double-header weekend on July 13 and 14.

“We’re thrilled for Sebastien to score a podium on home soil. He lives only an hour away, his family was here to see it and the Swiss fans were delighted with the result,” said Nissan e.dams team principal, Jean-Paul Driot.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2018, the company sold 5.52 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.6 trillion yen. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance sold 10.76 million vehicles combined in calendar year 2018.

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