Nissan confirm Buemi and Albon for 2018-19

by Scott Douglas

Nissan have confirmed that Sebastien Buemi and Alex Albon will drive for them in their debut year in ABB FIA Formula E.

Buemi had been expected to continue with the re-branded Renault team but there had been doubts raised after he was linked to a drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula 1 for next year.

However the 2015-16 Formula E champion will stay in the series in an attempt to regain his title, and said that he saw it as a new beginning for him with the introduction of the Gen 2 cars.

“Season five will be a whole new beginning for me in many ways,” Buemi said.

“There’s so much that’s new – the cars, the race format, the venues. I look forward to continuing to work with e.dams and bringing the excitement of Nissan’s world-leading electric vehicle technology to motorsports fans all over the globe.”

Buemi will be joined by current Formula 2 front runner Albon, who currently lies third in the F2 championship with three wins to his name, and makes the move to Formula E having tested the previous generation of Formula E car with Renault.

Speaking about making the switch to all-electric racing, Albon said, “The level of competition in the series is intense, and I’m looking forward to testing myself against some of the best drivers in the world.

“Electric street racing will be a new challenge for me, but working with Sebastien as my teammate will be a huge help, as he has set the benchmark for performance in the series.”

Albon comes in for Nico Prost, who announced that he would be leaving the team after four seasons earlier in the year.

The decision to replace Prost with a younger driver was something that Nissan’s global motorsports director Michael Carcamo said would create a ‘great’ mix of youth and experience.

“Sebastien’s impressive record in the Formula E championship speaks for itself, and pairing him with a young star like Alex is a great combination,” said Carcamo.

“We can’t think of a better team to showcase our innovative technologies and our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.”

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