Renault e.dams have confirmed that Sebastien Buemi will miss this weekend’s New York ePrix and will be replaced by Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly.
The announcement that Buemi would miss the double header in the United States has been long expected due to the clash between it and the WEC six hours of Nurburgring event.
Buemi’s responsibilities with the Toyota LMP1 team take precedence, meaning that he is almost certain to see his 32 point advantage at the top of the driver’s standings disappear.
Renault have turned to Gasly as his replacement, despite the Frenchman having no previous experience in the all-electric series.
Formula E has proven difficult to adapt to for many drivers, and although team co-owner Alain Prost appreciated that this would be a challenge for him, he said the team’s goals remained the same.
“I deeply regret this clash between the WEC and FE which could have been avoided,” Prost said. “However, we have to move forward and we are very pleased to welcome Pierre Gasly.
“Racing in New York is going to be a challenge as he makes his Formula E debut at the end of the championship.
“But looking at our preparation, we are confident and our goal remains the same, to score the maximum points to strengthen our lead in the championship.”
Gasly has been competing in Super Formula this season after storming to last season’s GP2 title.
He was rumoured to be in line to replace Daniil Kvyat at Scuderia Toro Rosso before the team announced that they would be extending the Russian’s contract.
Speaking to Autosport Gasly said, “I’m really excited about New York, it will be a brand new experience and a great challenge to get in a Formula E car for just one race weekend,” said Gasly.
“There will be a lot of things to learn in a short time. Thanks to e.dams & Renault for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to discover the Formula E car in Brooklyn.”