FIA Formula E championship: Renault to be title sponsor of e.dams-Renault
Renault will be the Title Sponsor of the team which is co-owned by Jean-Paul Driot and four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost who is also an ambassador for the Renault brand. This involvement with the French team will allow Renault to maximise the coverage of its participation in the new championship which promises to be particularly attractive.
Renault, a pioneer in the world of electric vehicles and an active participant in motorsport ever since the brand was founded, was named last year as an official technical partner of the FIA Formula E Championship. With the competition’s inaugural race in Beijing, China, in September, 2014, looming fast, the French carmaker has announced that is to step up its involvement in the new series in the form of backing for e.dams.
It’s the start of a whole new discipline and motorsport fans will be treated to great show with a new format that will take the action into the heart of several major cities.
The brand’s name will appear on the cars, as well as on the drivers’ race suits and helmets. A pro-active communication programme is also planned for the championship’s inaugural season.
The e.dams-Renault team has announced that its drivers will be Nicolas Prost and Sébastien Buemi, two well-known names from the worlds of Formula 1 and endurance racing. They will have the privilege of driving the new 100% electric cars that will race in the centre of some of the planet’s finest cities, starting on September 13.
Nicolas Prost was born on August 18, 1981, in Saint-Chamond, France, and made his racing debut in the 2003 Formula Campus championship. He moved up to Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5 before trying his hand in Spanish Formula 3 and the Euroseries 3000. Since 2009, he has shared his time between endurance racing (Le Mans Series, Le Mans 24 Hours) and the Trophée Andros ice-racing series. In 2013, he was named test driver for Lotus F1 Team.
- 2013: FIA World Endurance Championship (1st, Petit Le Mans, ALMS)
- 2013: Development driver for Lotus F1 Team
- 2012: FIA World Endurance Championship (1st, Petit Le Mans / 1st in the Teams championship)
- 2011: 1st, Trophée Andros / 3rd, Le Mans Series / 6th, Le Mans 24 Hours
- 2010: 1st, Trophée Andros, P1 / 5th, Le Mans Series / FIA GT1 World Championship
- 2009: 5th, A1 Grand Prix (Teams) / 5th, Le Mans Series / 12th, Le Mans 24 Hours
- 2008: 1st, Euroseries 3000
- 2007: 3rd, Spanish Formula 3 / 5th, Le Mans 24 Hours
- 2006: 4th, Spanish Formula 3
- 2005: 10th, French Formula Renault 2.0 Championship
Sébastien Olivier Buemi was born in Aigle, in Switzerland’s Vaud region, on October 31, 1988. He made his Formula 1 debut in 2009 with Toro Rosso. The two points he collected in the 2009 Australian Grand Prix made him the fourth-youngest driver to score points in the Formula 1 World Championship.
- 2013/2014: FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota Racing
- 2012: Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing (third driver)
- 2009/2011: Formula 1 with Toro Rosso
- 2008: 2nd, Asian GP2 Series, 6th, GP2 Series, Formula 1 test driver for Red Bull Racing.
- 2006/2007: 12th, then 2nd, Formula 3 Euro Series
- 2004/2005: BMW ADAC Championship
- 2002: 1st, Swiss Junior Championship
- 2001: 2nd, Swiss Junior Championship / 1st, Bridgestone Cup Junior
- 2000: 1st, Swiss Super Mini Championship, KIA Cup class Junior (four wins from four rounds)
- 1998/1999: 1st, Swiss Mini Championship
- 1997: Swiss Karting Championships (four races)