Reigning GP2 Series champion and Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver Pierre Gasly will replace Sebastien Buemi for New York’s double-header this week.
Due to a commitment with FIA WEC Championship and Toyota LMP1 at the 6 hours of Nürburgring which is held on the same weekend, Buemi is unavailable for the penultimate round of the FIA Formula E Championship.
The team found a replacement in Gasly, who will defend the Renault e.dams’ colours while it’s ahead in the championship. Buemi leads the drivers’ championship with a 32 point advantage, while the team holds a 58 points margin over their nearest rivals at the top of the teams’ standings with four races to go: New York and Montreal.
“I deeply regret this clash between the WEC and FE which could have been avoided. However, we have to move forward and we are very pleased to welcome Pierre Gasly,” said Alain Prost, co-owner of the team.
“Racing in New York is going to be a challenge as he makes his Formula E debut at the end of the championship. But looking at our preparation, we are confident and our goal remains the same, to score the maximum points to strengthen our lead in the championship.”