Renault e.dams celebrates double Formula E title success in electrifying London finale

Renault e.dams has clinched both the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship’s Drivers’ and Teams’ titles following two nail-biting final rounds to the 2015-16 season in London.
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The achievements are a huge endorsement of Renault’s zero emissions (ZE) technologies – Formula E is open to other mass-production motor manufacturers to showcase their know-how in this field.

Renault Formula One legend Alain Prost, now a Senior Team Manager with Renault e.dams, commented: “I am extremely proud of the team. Formula E is one of the most competitive environments I have ever experienced and to win two titles is an extraordinary achievement. We were fighting against top teams and drivers and never took it as a given that we could win.

“We have worked hard all year to put together the best car possible and Renault did a fantastic job with the powertrain. Two titles in two years is a fantastic tribute to everyone who has given their time and effort to the team.”

In London, Renault e.dams’s French driver Nicolas Prost won both races on a specially designed street circuit through Battersea Park to finish third overall in the final standings.

However it was his Swiss team-mate Sébastien Buemi who came away with the drivers’ crown – but only after near-disaster at the start of the final race of the season.

Buemi had finished fifth in the first of the two races, held on the Saturday, to lay just three points behind ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi at the top of the table.

Then, in qualifying on Sunday morning for the finale, Buemi was fastest of all for three bonus points – thereby drawing level with di Grassi going into the big finale.

At the start of the race he then grabbed the lead but at the first bend was rammed off the road by di Grassi. Both recovered but with severe damage to their cars which meant only one option – crawl round to the pit lane, leap into their second cars, rejoin the race and try to set the race’s fastest lap for two crucial bonus points.

Ultimately it was Buemi who managed this and, as a result, this was enough to give him the championship by two points (he’d agonisingly missed out in 2014/15 by just one point).

Renault e.dams also came away from the finale having successfully defended the Teams’ crown it took in Formula E’s inaugural 2014/15 season.

Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the titles. The Formula E championship is an ideal platform for Renault to demonstrate the innovation and quality of its electric vehicle technology.

“The opening of the technical regulations in season two was a perfect opportunity for the teams at Renault Sport and our motorsport engine operations and the Technocentre, the nerve centre of road car design, to put their advanced skills and understanding of EV technology to the test. The robustness and speed of the package they put together was quickly acknowledged as the best in the field, and I am extremely pleased that we now have the titles to say so officially!

“Congratulations to the team and to Sébastien. We look forward to the developments we have seen on track this year being put to good use by our road car users in the latest generation of ZE vehicles.”