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Buemi set to stay at e.dams despite conflict rumours

2015/16 Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi is expected to remain with e.dams next season despite rumours of a conflict between Nissan and Toyota, FormulaSpy has learned.

Buemi was rumoured to be in a conflicted position for the 2018/19 season as Renault hand over its Formula E project to its sister company Nissan.

As a factory Toyota driver in LMP1, it was expected that the clash of working with two Japanese manufacturers could prevent Buemi from racing with the e.dams team, despite already having a contract in place.

e.dams boss Jean-Paul Driot admitted in Paris that potential changes in the driver line-up were on the cards for the 2018/19 season due to the switch to Nissan:

“There are some on-going discussions with the driver line-up, because we have a new partner so it is important to define their wishes in terms of drivers,” he said.

“For sure we want performing ones, but marketing is also very important. So we are discussing at the moment, we have not taken a decision yet.”

Buemi himself has said that his conflict with Toyota is “not optimal”. He was forced to miss last year’s New York E-Prix double header as he contractually obliged to race in the World Endurance Championship race at Nurburgring on the same weekend, which he argues cost him the Formula E title that season.

However, it is expected that Buemi will remain with the e.dams squad, with marketing restrictions stipulated in his contact to appease Toyota.

Clarification and confirmation on Buemi’s future is expected in the coming weeks.

The team announced last week that Nico Prost will be leaving at the end of the season, with a Nissan-backed driver expected to take his place alongside Buemi.

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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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