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Driot Confirms e.dams Future into Season Five

Three-time teams champions, e.dams, is set to remain in Formula E as an operational entity for Season Five and beyond….

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Three-time Formula E champions e.dams is set to remain in the championship as an operational entity in Season Five, according to founder and team principal Jean-Paul Driot.

Driot’s confirmation comes after the Renault-Nissan Alliance revealed last month that the change from the French to Japanese brands for the electric racing program will come next year.

While not confirming that it would be Nissan’s team partner in 2018/19, Driot said his operation is committed to the championship.

“As far as e.dams is concerned we remain where we are in Formula E and will be in charge of a team in Season Five,” Driot told e-racing365.

“On the whole, we didn’t want to get in to the middle of the Alliance’s discussions and strategic decisions going forward.

“What we are is a proven team and we will continue providing the excellence which we have used to win titles in the last three years. We want to keep things simple like this.”

The e.dams operation holds the license for the Formula E team slot, with Nissan expected to acquire Renault’s manufacturer license for Season Five.

Driot said the team’s current drivers Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost have valid contracts with the team up to and including Nissan’s first year of entry.

“They are signed and agreed until the end of Season Five, this is quite simple,” he said. “We like the continuity of the drivers and what they bring with their speed and experience in Formula E.”

The team, meanwhile, is currently recruiting additional staff as it gears up for when the second-generation Formula E car is introduced.

The intricacies of the Renault-to-Nissan handover is set to benefit from e.dams’ experience and apparent continuation with the Formula E program, according to Driot.

“We are focused and recruiting more people for the future because we all know that the competition will become tougher in Season Five with the new manufacturers coming in with big technical and human resources,” he said.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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