In the run up to the return of Formula E, Last-Lap is looking at every team and analysing their lineup, their livery and their chances in 2021.
Read the other teams previews here:
- Part 1: NIO
- Part 2: Penske Dragon
- Part 3: Venturi
- Part 4: Mahindra
- Part 5: Porsche
- Part 6: Jaguar
- Part 7: Audi
- Part 8: BMW-i Andretti
- Part 9: Envision Virgin
- Part 10: Mercedes
To finish Season 6 in second place in the Teams championship is huge for Nissan.
Their technical overhaul after Season 5 has been well documented with their innovative twin motor being banned. A single motor had to be developed in the off season and this put Nissan on the backfoot for the start of the season.
But consistency was always there and the team built throughout the season with a podium in Mexico and then more strong results in the Berlin finale.
A win at the penultimate round for Oli Rowland put the cherry on the season and helped them secure their second place.
The team has always been at the front in FE, winning the title with Sebastien Buemi in Season 2 and fighting for it many times since.
The team has always been fast, they have always been in contention and the quiet points scoring and consistency of their drivers which is hard in FE was key to their success last year.
Buemi and Rowland were separated by a point at the end of the season, 84 for Buemi, 83 for Rowland, and have the pace and partnership to build a championship challenge.
Sebastien Buemi has been with e.Dams since the inception of Formula E. When the team was Renault he won the championship and put himself in the record books. He still has the overall FE win record with 13 wins and the pole record with 14 poles.
Not all of his seasons have been the happiest and winning 50% of the races in Season 3 but not taking the title is still difficult for him to take (his Montreal meltdown was quite incredible as the title slipped away).
But he has always been a fast and safe pair of hands and that is why he is entering his seventh year with the same team.
“We’ve achieved a lot together, and we had a great season six. Finishing second in the championship will help us maintain the momentum and the confidence we need to make us even more competitive.” said Buemi in the run up to the season.
“Having Oliver as my teammate again is great. We work very well together. I feel that with the experience and expertise we have across the team, we’re in a good place to pursue yet more success in Formula E.”
Oliver Rowland was drafted into the team at the last minute in Season 5 after Alex Albon was snatched by Toro Rosso and the Red Bull programme to Formula 1. Now Albon is out of an F1 seat and Rowland is going into his third season with the team off the back of his debut win.
He has been fast from the off.
In his two seasons he is already joint fifth on the all time pole list with four and was fighting for wins early on in his career.
Rowland has already secured himself a very good future in Formula E and Season 7 looks to be another step in the right direction. More wins and podiums have to be the goal.
“Season six was great for us as a team, but also for me personally. I was thrilled to take my maiden win in Formula E with Nissan e.dams, after all the hard work and practice I put in to be more consistent.
We’ll be back stronger than ever.”
They’ve settled on the obligatory Formula E red and black look.
It works. This author loved their Season 5 livery though so is upset they haven’t gone back to that.
How will Season 7 go?
The team are looking to carry a lot of their Berlin momentum into Season 7.
Three podiums to round off the season is excellent and if that form can be carried on in 2021 then Nissan will be championship favourites.
This team knows how to win a championship and they will want to deny everyone else the glory as much as they want to win for themselves.
The first three Teams titles went to the team. That’s 50% of all of the Formula E Teams championships.
Arch rivals Audi are leaving as well as BMW, so they will be pushing harder than ever to go out on a high. Being the team to block that will bring a wry smile to a lot of the team who have been there since the early days as Renault.
Not only will they be fighting them, the juggernaut that is DS Techeetah will want their third Teams title as well and looking at the way they’ve dominated in recent years that is where the challenge lies.
Nissan is one of the teams with a mega car and a flawless driver lineup. They need to be perfect to beat DS Techeetah.
Rowland and Buemi both have it in them to fight for a title, they’re both intelligent and fast and know how to race a Formula E car efficiently and quickly.
The team have a car they know even better now and are carrying over the same powertrain concept, if they develop that in the same way they were able to develop it from scratch then Nissan could be difficult to stop.
Most of all this author wants Nissan to win and that is what matters.
GO NISSAN (can I have a t shirt?)