Sebastien Buemi says he is “clear” on his plans for racing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season, after receiving several offers for the 2019-20 campaign.
The Season Two champion signed a two-season contract with Renault e.dams in May 2017, which would see him out until the end of the current season with the now Nissan-backed operation.
He firmed up his 2018-19 seat with the new-look team during the summer despite some contract complexities, including initial negotiations on representing two opposing Japanese manufacturers simultaneously, due to his FIA World Endurance Championship campaign with Toyota.
“I’m clear on what I will do but I cannot yet communicate but it’s more or less decided,” Buemi told e-racing365.
“At the end of the day, I look for the best compromize for myself, like every driver and you look after yourself.
“You are trying to make sure that you position yourself in the best possible sport for the future, because at the end what counts is the result. Even over the money at the end of the day.”
He also holds a position as Red Bull Racing’s official Formula 1 reserve driver alongside his deals with Nissan e.dams and Toyota Gazoo Racing.
In addition, he has several business interests in property and a car dealership operation in his home town of Aigle, Switzerland.
“You know me, I have my family, I have two kids and I’m doing many, many things outside of racing too,” he said.
“I cannot do more, but I do. I do a lot already. So far, I’ve been lucky to have the chance to do both [Formula E and WEC].”
Buemi Hints at Another Nissan Campaign
Buemi is believed to have favourably considered an extension to his Nissan edams deal for the 2019-20 season after a recent upturn in fortunes for the Japanese manufacturer.
Both cars made it into Super Pole in Mexico City just a couple of weeks after Buemi scored pole in Santiago following Lucas di Grassi’s disqualification.
Buemi and teammate Oliver Rowland both had a strong showing in Mexico, running at the front of the field until they ran out of energy on the final lap.
Several key personnel changes and staff departures have taken place throughout the team’s transition from Renault to Nissan.
Jeremy Colancon, Buemi’s long-time engineer, joined Venturi, while one of his former data engineers at Toyota, Alfonso Calabia, joined him at Nissan edams earlier this year.
As well as these changes, team principal and part owner Jean-Paul Driot has been forced to miss several events due to illness.
Buemi hinted that he could remain at the team for one additional campaign
“We work with different people, so we need a bit of time to adjust,” he said.
“But I feel that Jean-Paul, together with Nissan, are doing the right thing to put themselves in a good position to be competitive and hopefully I’ll be able to prove to everyone that we are very competitive soon.”
Buemi also referenced the Nissan-Renault alliance’s perceived catch-up on several manufacturers that he believes have an experience advantage in terms of structure and operational familiarity.
“We’ve been growing together,” he said.
“It’s not as easy as if you are a big German manufacturer, when you come in and you’re already big like Porsche, Audi and you used to employ so many more people in LMP1.”