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Buemi: “Complex” Nissan Closing in on First Win

Sebastien Buemi expecting a breakthrough Nissan Formula E win soon…

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Sebastien Buemi believes that the intricate nature of his Nissan IM01 Formula E car’s powertrain design will deliver a first win for the Japanese manufacturer soon.

Buemi claimed Nissan e.dams’ first pole position last time out in Santiago and now believes that, despite technical issues contributing to his accident while leading that race, the team is close to a break-out victory.

“We have a complex car but at the end of the day every package has strengths and weaknesses,” Buemi told e-racing365.

“I don’t want to go into the details but we know the good points of our package and the areas we have to work on, but to be honest, there’s nothing that comes for free.”

The Nissan IM01 is believed to be the only car in the field which utilizes a twin-motor design.

Several of Buemi’s rivals described to e-racing365 after the Santiago E-Prix that, when following either Buemi or his teammate Oliver Rowland, the Nissans were visibly quicker on exiting slow speed corners.

This could be as a result of a unique twin-motor configuration of the two MGUs, with one smaller unit rotating quicker due to having less inertia.

Buemi suggested that the team’s technical direction this season has taken some time to get the best from the overall package.

“You go one extreme in one direction, you pay the price in the other one. It’s a bit like this in Formula E,” he said.

“So far we’ve seen the potential but we haven’t managed to materialise the big result but we are closing in on it.

“Every concept has positives and negatives. Of course, anything you decide, you have advantages and disadvantages and then you weigh up your package and you decide if it’s good or not.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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