Envision Racing has signed Sebastien Buemi on a multi-year deal, starting with the inaugural Gen3 campaign in Season 9. He'll race alongside Nick Cassidy at the outfit.
The Season 2 champion has joined the British-based team after a long association with both Nissan and Renault, run by e.dams, which stretched back all the way to Formula E's very first, 2014/15 campaign.
Buemi is one of the most experienced and successful drivers on the grid, with 98 race starts, 13 wins, 29 podiums and 14 Julius Baer Pole Positions to his name. Envision hope Buemi, who's also a four-time Le Mans winner, will lead the team heading into Formula E's new era, and the 33-year-old has his eyes on the sharp end of the grid.
“It’s an interesting time to be part of Formula E and I can’t wait to start driving for Envision Racing next season," says Buemi. "I have always had a huge amount of respect for the team, and I believe they've done a great job in maximising results over the years.
"The new Gen3 era is hugely important for the sport and presents a new challenge, with a faster, lighter and more powerful car. My objective is to fight at the front, so I’m looking forward to start testing and preparing myself ahead of the first race in Mexico City.”
The team’s Managing Director Sylvain Filippi said: “As a team, we’re always aiming to be as competitive as possible. In Sebastien we’re confident that we have one of the fastest, most experienced, and ambitious drivers on the grid, which gives us great confidence going into the new season. “We believe that alongside Nick Cassidy, we have two drivers that can help us to compete at the front of the grid and challenge for both team and driver championship titles next season.”
Envision Group’s Vice President Franz Jung and Chairman of the Board of Envision Racing added: “I’m delighted to welcome Sebastien to the Envision family. Sebastien’s track record speaks for itself and he’s going to be an invaluable asset to the team.”