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Nissan retains Buemi and Rowland for season 7

Nissan e.dams have retained Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland for the 2020-21 Formula E season.

Season 7 will be the pair’s third year as team-mates, Rowland having joined the squad when it made the transition from Renault to Nissan.

“Seb and Oli have done a great job for us,” said Nissan global sport’s director, Tommaso Volpe. “We welcome the stability and consistency that retaining them brings to the team. We look forward to building on our previous successes.

“However, winning is not our only goal in Formula E. With each race we learn more about every aspect of our high performance EVs, which then informs our road car development. Through racing, we are continuously advancing our EV expertise.”

Despite its twin-MGU solution being outlawed before the start of the season, forcing the team to a conventional single-motor set-up, Nissan finished second in the 2019-20 teams’ championship.

Buemi managed six consecutive Super Pole appearances and four podium finishes, while Rowland scored his first Formula E victory in Berlin.

“I’m delighted to stay on with the team,” said Buemi. “We’ve achieved a lot together, and we had a great season six. Finishing second in the championship will help us maintain the momentum and the confidence we need to make us even more competitive.

“Having Oliver as my team-mate again is great. We work very well together. I feel that, with the experience and expertise we have across the team, we’re in a good place to pursue yet more success in Formula E.”

Rowland added: “Season six was great for us as a team but also for me personally. I was thrilled to take my maiden win in Formula E with Nissan e.dams after all the hard work and practice I put in to be more consistent. To confirm my seat with Nissan e.dams for the upcoming season, together with Seb, is another piece of good news. We’ll be back stronger than ever.”

The team also confirmed Mitunori Takaboshi will remain as the test and reserve driver for Nissan while Jann Mardenborough, who won the Nissan GT Academy in 2011, will be the team's simulator driver.

Bethonie Waring

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