Buemi says New York appearance is still possible

Paris ePrix – Sebastien Buemi says that he could still make an appearance at the inaugural New York ePrix, despite the clash with his WEC commitments.

Along with several other drivers who also race in the World Endurance Championship, Buemi was set to miss the two New York races due to a clash with the 6 Hours of Nurburgring.

It looked highly likely that Buemi would have to prioritise Nurburgring due to Toyota’s contractual demands, but the Swiss reckons he could still race in New York.

“There is not really any decision to make, because my contract says I have to be at Nurburgring,” Buemi said.

“However after Le Mans, which is the last race before New York, depending on the entire situation on how Le Mans went and where I am in the WEC, we will discuss the most important and then try to discuss with my team to see if they can find a way around it.

“Theoretically you could still be on time for the race on Sunday if you race on Saturday in New York but that’s a bit too complex. So I have to wait and see if Toyota can do me a favour.”

Buemi is currently leading both championships, but the clash means one of his challenges will take a hit, worsened by New York being a double header.

His advantage in Formula E is 43 points over Lucas di Grassi, but with 58 available in New York, the championship could take a massive swing going into the final two races at the other double header in Montreal if Buemi misses them.

“In case I have to miss two races it’s more than important for me to win as much as I can. I’m still not really thinking about the championship, just thinking race by race.”

Buemi’s fellow Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez is set to race at the Nurburgring, but Stephane Sarrazin could be doing New York.

Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne has already declared he will race in New York.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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