Top 10 finishes for the team’s Formula E Driver Grid and Challenge Grid racers in fourth round of esports series raising funds for UNICEF Covid-19 appeal.
Nissan e.dams drivers Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland took a team top 10 today in round four of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, helping raise funds for the global UNICEF Covid-19 appeal.
Qualifying on the Hong Kong street circuit took place in the rain and conditions were extremely slippery, however Rowland put his #22 car in P5 on the grid. Buemi managed P18 in car#23. Rowland was hit from the rear and unavoidably tangled in a large incident at turn one of the first lap of the race, which put him down to P23. However, he battled his way back up to P10 at the finish.
Buemi fared better in the first lap incident, avoiding most of the trouble and moving into P12. From there he raced hard into P9 at the end, the tight layout of the track making passing difficult. Of all the Formula E champions, Buemi is only one to take points in the new Formula E esports series.
A steward’s decision after the race saw Buemi and Rowland move up one place each to P8 and P9.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge is split into two grids and two races; the Driver Grid made up of Formula E racers, and the Challenge Grid of sim racers.
In today’s Challenge Grid event, sim racers Jan von Der Heyde and Niek Jacobs returned for the team, qualifying in P8 and P9. In the race, the Nissan pair finished in P7 and P9 respectively, taking another double top 10 team result.
The new online racing series represents Formula E, the pinnacle of real-world Zero Emission racing, as the height of Zero Emission competition in the virtual world. This aligns with Nissan’s goal of Zero Emissions and Zero Fatalities – an important pillar of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the brand’s vision for changing how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge raises funds for UNICEF’s global coronavirus appeal, helping keep children safe, healthy and learning in the face of the pandemic.
“P8 is my best result in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge so far. I was a little faster than the drivers in front but couldn’t pass them on this tight track. I’m looking forward to the next track as I think it will be easier to pass on. But, in general, a much better performance today and I’m happy that I scored some points for the team.”
“A pretty tough race today. We were quite fast in qualifying, but in the race there was a big incident in turn one and I had nowhere to go. A little disappointing not to finish higher, but good to get a double top 10 overall for the team.”