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E.Dams
DAMS Logo
Team Information
Based France Le Mans, France
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Founder Alain Prost
Jean-Paul Dirot
Key People Unknown
Driver(s) Nicolas Prost (No.8)
Sébastien Buemi (No.9)
Car Renault Z.E. 17
Sponsor(s) Unknown
Website Renault e.Dams
Team Stats
Last Season 1st (270 pt(s))
Entries 45
Wins 15
First Win 2014 Punta del Este ePrix
Points 903
Poles 15
Podiums 26
Fastest Laps 10
Titles 2
Current Season
Entrant Renault e.Dams
France Nicolas Prost Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Nic Prost Seb Buemi
19th (8 Pt(s)) 4th (125 Pt(s))
Team Standings
5th (133 Pt(s))
 

e.Dams, competing under the name Renault e.Dams, were an entrant in the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, running with manufacturer backing from Renault.[1] Based in Le Mans, France, e.Dams are FE's most successful team, having won the Teams' Championship three times in a row, and supported lead driver Sébastien Buemi to the title in 2015/16.[2]

Throughout their time in FE e.Dams have been associated with Renault, a relationship that would go on for a fourth straight season in 2017/18, until Renault announced their withdrawal at the end of the season.[3] Fortunately for e.Dams, Renault would be replaced by alliance partners Nissan, who agreed to have the French based team run their FE squad for 2018/19.[3]

BackgroundEdit

e.dams-Renault were formed in 2013, specifically for the Formula E Championship.[1] Co-founder Jean-Paul Dirot brought experience of running the French A1 GP Series team as well as cars in GP2 Series/Formula Two and Formula Renault.[1] Alain Prost (the other co-founder) brought his experience as a four time Formula One champion to the team, as well as his son, Nicolas.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Nicolas Prost and Sébastien Buemi ran for e.dams-Renault throughout the entire 2014/15 season.[1] Buemi impressed early on, setting the fastest lap at the Donington Park test on two successive days.[1] Prost, meanwhile, started the season on pole position for the 2014 Beijing ePrix, ultimately missing out on victory after a late crash with Nick Heidfeld.[4] Prost's pace was to be rewarded with victory later in the season at Miami, after Buemi took victory in the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix.[5]

Buemi's form saw him become a title contender through the second half of the season, as Prost's pace, and fortune, deserted him. Buemi claimed his second victory of the season (becoming the first to do so, and the first to win from pole position) at the 2015 Monaco ePrix, with himself, Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jr. favourites for the title.[6] e.dams then made a mistake during the 2015 Moscow ePrix, which cost both of their drivers valuable points, particularly when the events that were to unfold in London were taken into account.[7] Having failed to read the briefing notes earlier in the day, e.dams made both of their stops ten seconds longer, costing both Buemi and Prost time and positions on track, with ten seconds the difference between Buemi in ninth, and António Félix da Costa in seventh.[7]

e.dams London weekend was a vast improvement over Moscow, with the team taking the Teams' Championship with a race to spare in the First London ePrix.[8] With Buemi winning the race from pole, the Swiss driver was left just three points behind Piquet at the start of the season ending 2015 London ePrix II.[8] The Driver's Title would come down to the final corner of the race, however, with Buemi unable to pass Bruno Senna into the final corner of the season, meaning Nelson Piquet Jr. won the Championship by a single point.[9]

Second editionEdit

E dams Renault logo

The logo of Renault e.Dams in their second season

Immediately after the London ePrix, e.dams-Renault confirmed their entry as a manufacturer backed team for 2015/16, with Renault building a powertrain for them.[10] The team were rebranded as Renault e.Dams to mark the work of the French car manufacturers in building the team's 2015/16 challenger, the RENAULT Z.E.15. This work was reflected at the 2015 Donington Test, where the new car completed 353 laps over the six days, with only one fault affecting Buemi over the entire three week programme. Buemi and Prost (who also completed the test) were later confirmed as the drivers for the team, with themselves, and ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport expected to be the major title contenders.[11]

It would be an excellent start to the season for e.Dams, with Buemi taking pole, fastest lap and victory in Beijing to become the first man to score maximum points.[4] Yet, the new car did have flaws, and when the Swiss racer was all set to repeat his Beijing feats in Putrajaya, an overheating issue sent him tumbling down the order just before the stops.[12] These concerns were resolved in time for the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix, however, and Buemi duly claimed a second win of the season, despite missing out on pole.[13]

The following rounds would see Buemi record two second places, the latter one in Mexico City seeing him return to the top of the Drivers' Championship.[14] That round would also see Prost get onto the podium for the first time, the Frenchman finally getting on terms with his teammate by finishing third.[14] A difficult weekend in Long Beach followed as both cars got caught out by incidents, leaving Buemi to only pick up points for fastest lap.[15]

e.Dams then headed to Paris for their home race, confident that they could record a home victory as the French capital made its ePrix debut.[16] Yet, a poor qualifying saw both Prost and Buemi have to battle their way up the order in the race, with the latter getting onto the podium as major rival di Grassi claimed victory for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.[16] Fortunately for e.Dams, the following round in Berlin suited their car, and when Buemi claimed victory on ABT's home turf it left the Swiss racer just a point away from di Grassi.[17]

Into the season ending double header in London, and a poor qualifying session for the 2016 London ePrix I saw both Buemi and di Grassi battle up the order, the latter extending him title lead to three points.[18] That race also saw Prost pick up his first win of the season, a victory that also put e.Dams in prime position to win the Teams' Championship.[18] Then came the finale itself, with Buemi managing to get level on points with di Grassi by claiming pole for the 2016 London ePrix II, with Prost lining up alongside.[2]

At the start it would be the two e.Dams drivers trying to box in di Grassi into the first braking zone, with Buemi opting to take it easy through the turn three on the opening lap.[2] The Brazilian, however, misjudged the closing speed and slammed into the back of the Swiss racer, leaving both cars out of the race with heavy damage, and seemingly earning himself the title by virtue of having more third places.[2] Yet, there were still two points on offer for fastest lap, and despite di Grassi's best attempts to block him, Buemi and e.Dams found enough space for the Swiss racer to obliterate the lap record and win his first FE title.[2] His personal efforts also helped e.Dams to complete the defence of their Teams' title, although that was ultimately secured when Prost swept home to take a second victory of the weekend.[2]

Renault revellingEdit

For the 2016/17 season there would be little change for e.Dams, with both Prost and Buemi retained, while Renault continued to support them as a factory effort.[19] They would not, however, be the only team to run the new Renault Z.E. 16, as the French car maker had sold a quartet of cars to new team Techeetah, although those cars would not receive any real support.[20] Regardless, it would be Buemi and e.Dams who proved to be the class of the field at the 2016 Donington Test, where the Swiss racer smashed the circuit record to set the fastest lap of the test.

Renault RetirementEdit

Renault ZE 17

The new-for-2017 Renault Z.E. 17 in its e.Dams livery.

There was little change at e.Dams ahead of the 2017/18 season, with Renault again providing manufacturer backing, while Buemi and Prost were retained as drivers.[21] Yet, the e.Dams squad would be overshadowed by Renault's customer team Techeetah at the opening round of the season, with the Chinese squad getting a podium with the new Renault Z.E. 17, while Buemi and Prost recorded just seven points between them across the two races.[22] Fortunately for them Buemi's loss of pace appeared to be a blip, for the Swiss racer secured pole in Marrakech, before going on to finish second to Felix Rosenqvist.[23]

In truth, e.Dams' 2017/18 season had been rocked completely by the announcement that Renault would leave FE at the end of the season, a revelation that came before the start of the season.[3] e.Dams, however, would secure a deal with Renault's alliance partners Nissan for the 2018/19 season, and would duly run Nissan backed racer Mitsunori Takaboshi alongside DAMS Formula Two racer Alexander Albon at the 2018 Rookie Test.[24] Albon would finish the test as the faster of the pair, although both were well off the pace of e.Dams' old rivals ABT Sportsline, as well as the Techeetahs.[25]

After the Rookie Test Buemi proved that he still had pace in the Renault Z.E. 17, with the Swiss racer taking further podia in Santiago and Mexico City.[26] Prost, meanwhile, would embark on a six race pointless run after the Santiago race, while Buemi could only secure mid-top ten finishes from Rome until Zürich.[27] That meant that e.Dams had lost their Teams' Championship crown well in advance of the season finale, with the French squad fighting just to finish in the top half of the table.[27]

Yet, Buemi would again rediscover his form from the previous three FE seasons, and duly claimed pole position ahead of the 2018 New York City E-Prix I, while Prost made only his second appearance of the season in Super Pole.[28] Yet, Buemi would be powerless to prevent the two Audis from barging past, while Prost slipped to a lowly tenth having run mid-pack throughout the race.[28] Buemi again claimed pole in a damp qualifying session for the second New York City E-Prix, although he was ultimately knocked off the podium.[29]

Nouveau NissanEdit

For 2018/19 e.Dams would obtain backing from Japanese manufacturer Nissan, whom joined FE in place of global partners Renault, and would use a powertrain built by the French manufacturer developed before their withdrawal.[3] The new "Nissan e.Dams" team would retain the services of Buemi, but announced that Prost would leave the team at the end of the 2017/18 season after a difficult campaign.[30]

Formula E RecordEdit

The tables below show E.Dams's full record in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The table below gives an overview of E.Dams's entries in Formula E:

E.Dams's overall Formula E Record
Season Official name No. Drivers DC Pos. DC Pts. Car TC Pos. TC Pts.
2014/15 France e.dams-Renault 8 France Nicolas Prost 6th 88 (89) Spark-Renault SRT_01E 1st 232
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2nd 143
2015/16 France Renault e.Dams 8 France Nicolas Prost 3rd 115 Renault Z.E. 15 1st 270
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1st 155
2016/17 France Renault e.Dams 8 France Nicolas Prost 6th 93 Renault Z.E. 16 1st 268
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2nd 157
9 France Pierre Gasly 16th 18
2017/18 France Renault e.Dams 8 France Nicolas Prost 19th 8 Renault Z.E. 17 5th 133
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 4th 125

Career ResultsEdit

Listed below are the full career results of E.Dams:

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Driver Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 1st 232
Prost 12th 4th 7th 2nd 1st 14th 6th 10th 8th 7th 10th
Buemi Ret 3rd 1st Ret 13th 4th 1st 2nd 9th 1st 5th
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 1st 270
Prost Ret 10th 5th 5th 3rd 11th 4th 4th CAN 1st 1st
Buemi 1st 12th 1st 2nd 2nd 16th 3rd 1st CAN 5th Ret
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 1st 248
Prost 4th 4th 4th 5th 9th 5th 5th 8th 8th 6th 6th Ret
Buemi 1st 1st 1st 13th 1st 1st DSQ 1st DSQ 11th
Gasly 7th 4th
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 5th 133
Prost 9th 8th 13th 10th Ret 15th 14th 16th 14th Ret 10th 11th
Buemi 11th 10th 2nd 3rd 3rd Ret 6th 5th 4th 5th 3rd 4th

ReferencesEdit

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