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Prost to leave Renault e.dams at end of season

Nico Prost will leave the Renault e.dams Formula E team at the end of the current season, the team has announced.

The son of four-time Formula 1 world champion and initial team co-team principal Alain Prost has races in the series since its inaugural season, taking the first ever pole in Beijing.

Prost has had an underwhelming season where a best finish of eighth so far this season, plus running a six-race pointless streak currently, leaves him languishing in 18th in the driver’s championship. His champion team-mate Sebastien Buemi meanwhile sits fourth having taken two podiums.

His father Alain sold his shares in the team to the e.dams owner Jean-Paul Driot in April, with Renault handing over control of the FE programme to its sister company Nissan for the 2018/19 season.

“I am not only happy to have been with Renault e.dams these past four seasons, I am also thrilled to have been present at the very beginning of one of the most innovative motor racing championships of all time,” Prost said.

“There are so many great memories, like my three race wins and the three team titles.

“Of course, I regret season four hasn’t gone as well and we believe that it is best that we go our separate ways.

“I wish e.dams all the luck in the world and I am busy working on my new programme that I hope to announce soon.”

Driot praised the work that Prost had put in to assist the team to three team’s titles in FE’s first three seasons:

“Nicolas has been one of the pillars at Renault e.dams since its creation,” he said.

“With Sebastien Buemi, they formed a complementary duo of drivers and both have been very involved in the collective performance.

“We have had some great times together, especially the three team titles that have rewarded the efforts of both of them.

“The time has come to turn the page, after an often frustrating season four and at the dawn of a new chapter in the history of Formula E.

“We all wish Nicolas great success in his future endeavours.”

It is understood that Prost is looking elsewhere in the series for a drive, with NIO and Mahindra still having an unconfirmed line-up for next season.

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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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