Sebastien
Buemi

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At a glance

  • WEC champion
  • Le Mans winner
  • 2nd in Formula E
  • One win in 13 FE races
  • Average starting position of 3.7
Sebastien Buemi

Buemi continues to lead the way for drivers juggling Formula E and World Endurance Championship deals. He secured the 2018-19 LMP1 title with a second, rather fortuitous given the other Toyota’s puncture problem, Le Mans win alongside Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima, and added further two wins at Sebring and Spa - plus another at Fuji at the start of the 2019-20 campaign - during the calendar year about to conclude.

But while Buemi’s WEC drives were as dependable as ever, his FE performances in 2018-19 were back to full strength after the lacklustre results of 2017-18. It all started to come good at Marrakech in January, where although he lost out because of Jean-Eric Vergne’s wild spin at Turn 1, he finally felt promise from the new Nissan e.dams powertrain package. The saga of Nissan’s twin-motor powertrain would come to dominate the manufacturer’s first season in FE, and it was Buemi who showcased most of its ups and downs.

These included his race-leading performance in Santiago and rapid qualifying showing at Sanya - with both sessions ultimately ending in crashes Buemi hinted were down to problems caused by the powertrain’s complexity. Yes, Buemi’s FE rookie team-mate Oliver Rowland did show him up on occasions - and there was that sensational radio meltdown after Nissan’s race imploded in Mexico City due to an energy management software miscalculation - but it was the Swiss driver that took the team’s only win of the season.

Sebastien Buemi

He led from start to finish in the first New York race to end an FE winless streak that stretched back over two calendar years by that point - about which he gracefully grew tired of Autosport’s questions. He reckoned without his Robin Frijns-induced puncture in Paris (which he’s still clearly furious about) he could have won the title, which is hard to dispute given how things played out, and ultimately he led Nissan well during its twin-motor saga and looks to have returned to his best FE form. This can be seen in his results - second in the final standings behind Vergne, four podiums including his win in the final four races, and three poles overall.

Sebastien Buemi