Nissan has begun the European leg of the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E street racing championship in Italy with a strong points haul in Rome for Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland.
Swiss racer Buemi crossed the finish line in fifth place with Rowland just behind in sixth as Nissan scored points with both drivers for the second race in a row. Nissan e.dams is also one of only two teams to have both cars finish in the top ten today.
Formula E is being used by Nissan to demonstrate the power and performance of its electric vehicle technology – a key part of the company's Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.
With the Nissan LEAF taking the crown as Europe's best-selling electric car in 2018 – Nissan Italy interacted with local fans today at the Rome E-Prix with the debut of the Nissan Formula E fan experience simulator in the e-village.
Despite some misfortune in qualifying, after today Nissan remains the only brand to have scored two pole positions in the highly competitive season five of Formula E – in fact, Nissan is one of only four teams in the championship's history to have both of its drivers start on pole in a single season.
Rowland's second shot at scoring pole this season was ruined by a tap with the wall during his qualifying run. The damage hindered his pace, forcing him to start the race from 10th on the grid.
Buemi made it through to Super Pole qualifying again, but a brief rain shower just as his car hit the track ruined his run. All his Super Pole rivals were able to enjoy a drying track which resulted in faster times.
In the race, both Nissan e.dams' drivers made great starts – Buemi jumping from sixth to fourth and Rowland from 10th to sixth.
A red flag delayed their progress after the opening lap, but once the race went green, both Nissan e.dams drivers showed good pace but were unable to move through the pack. For the third time this season, both drivers finished in the points at the checkered flag
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