The e.dams Formula E Team has announced Renault as its title sponsor and will be renamed to e.dams-Renault. The team, founded by Jean-Paul Driod and four-time Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost, was pleased to secure former F1 driver Sébastien Buemi and Alain’s son Nicolas Prost as its drivers.
Alain Prost, co-owner of e.dams-Renault and ambassador for the Renault brand, said: “Jean-Paul Driot and I are delighted to be associated with Renault in this new adventure. The choice of Renault as a major partner was a natural step because of the exceptional record it has carved out in motorsport, as well as its unique expertise in the field of electric vehicles. Personally, I am thrilled by the idea of working with Renault on such an ambitious project again and by the prospect of writing a new chapter of our association.
“We are actively preparing for the first races of the season. This week’s test at Donington Park is the next step in that process and it will be followed by a busy summer in order to be ready and competitive for the first ePrix in Beijing, on September 13. It’s an enormous challenge because this championship is completely new, both in terms of the technology it features and also the race formats. These are very exciting times.”
Patrice Ratti, President of Renault Sport, said: “This partnership with e.dams-Renault will allow Renault Sport to have an even closer involvement with the FIA Formula E Championship. The series will be unique and takes motorsport into a new age. Renault is proud to be playing a part in the adventure which stands out as a new challenge. We know Alain and Jean-Paul very well and their experience and record make them high-quality partners. Our involvement with e.dams-Renault will play a core role in our participation and in our Formula E development work.”
Jean-Paul Driot, CEO of Dams and co-owner of e.dams-Renault: “Renault is naturally the ideal partner for our involvement in this brand new competition and we will be able to pool our respective expertise. Dams has carved out an exceptional record since it was formed 26 ago and it will now be able to benefit from the input of a partner that has proved itself in the worlds of both motorsport and electric vehicles. Our association will permit us to optimise the development of our racing cars. It is worth recalling that Dams is active in the World Series By Renault and the creation of e.dams-Renault opens up a new chapter of our history. We have recruited two very talented drivers for this exciting new challenge. In addition to his driving skills, Nicolas Prost will bring his ability to think outside of the box to the table, as well as his technical background and his ability to analyse the technical aspects of this all-electric formula. Sébastien Buemi will bring his reputation and speed, along with the fact that he is extremely popular with the public and motor racing fans.”