Nissan e.dams takes points finish in maiden Jakarta E-Prix
Jun 04, 2022
Nissan e.dams secured a point as Formula E travelled to Jakarta for the first time, with Sébastien Buemi battling through sweltering conditions to finish 10th.
The Swiss driver showed immediate pace on the brand-new Jakarta Street Circuit, going second fastest in Free Practice 1. His speed continued into qualifying, where he progressed into the duels for the first time this season, eventually lining up sixth on the grid in the #23 Nissan Ariya.
Maximilian Günther qualified in 15th in his #22 Nissan Leaf and made early progress, with the German ultimately finishing 14th.
“We showed good pace straight away during practice and qualifying,” said Tommaso Volpe, general manager, Nissan Formula E, and managing director, Nissan e.dams Formula E Team. “Séb put in a great lap to reach the duels for the first time and qualified in P6, although we couldn’t quite capitalise on this in the race. We had the potential to score more than one point, but we have to look at the positives from the weekend. Both drivers were happy with their cars and we’re heading in the right direction as we travel to Marrakesh next month.”
Formula E now moves on to the final single-race weekend of the season, as the series takes on the fifth edition of the Marrakesh E-Prix on 2 July 2022.
Nissan races in this all-electric world championship to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify every all-new vehicle offering by the early 2030s in key markets. The Japanese automaker aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers.
“I’m really happy with our performance in qualifying, to start P6 is very positive for us. I felt good on track from the first session, the conditions were challenging and the team worked really hard to give me a good car. In the race we were comfortable, but then I missed the Attack Mode activation, which cost us a couple of positions at the end. It was a difficult race for the battery and the tires, but I’m thankful to the crew for their efforts this weekend and happy to take a point.”
“The car felt good from the start, we had a bit of traffic in Free Practice and we put it all together in qualifying. I set competitive times in the first two sectors before the tires went off towards the end of the lap, meaning I missed out on the duels. We had a good start in the race and made some places back, but we were a bit unlucky with our Attack Mode timing and ended up going backwards instead of forwards. We had strong pace, especially in the corners, so we have to take these positives into the next round in Marrakesh.”