Nissan e.dams ready for classic Formula E double-header in Berlin
The Nissan e.dams Formula E Team heads back to Berlin this weekend for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
This staple on the Formula E calendar will take place at the historic Tempelhof Airport, where Nissan e.dams took P2 in last season’s dramatic finale. This time the team will focus on improving its qualifying performance to capitalise on the race pace seen at the previous round in Monaco, where Sébastien Buemi scored a P8 finish after recovering 14 positions.
The teams will need to deal with a set of very specific challenges at the unique Berlin race weekend. With many bumps caused by its multiple concrete slab construction, the coarse surface of the large airfield apron delivers very high levels of grip which can overheat the cars’ tires, taking them out of their optimum working window.
In addition, the double-header event will see teams competing on the high-speed circuit in a different direction for each of the two rounds (anti-clockwise first, and then clockwise), meaning that the engineers will need to find a fresh and effective setup for each day.
This season the team will continue to link its presence in Formula E to Nissan’s road EVs. Nissan e.dams Formula E driver Sébastien Buemi will race once more in his #23 Nissan Ariya, named after the Japanese manufacturer’s all-new, all-electric crossover SUV. Teammate Maximilian Günther is racing in the #22 Nissan LEAF, named after the brand’s well-known EV, first launched in 2010.
Sébastien Buemi: “Berlin is a cool track and I know it well. We race the circuit in different directions each day and, even though it is the same track, this change makes a significant difference. So it is up to us to adapt from one day to the next the best we can. I had a strong race in Monaco, coming from P22 to P8; now we need to work on our weakness which is qualifying. If we can manage to start higher up the grid then we should be able to score more points, because I think we have a good car in the race. I’ve had some good success in the past in Berlin, so hopefully we can get a strong result this weekend.”
Maximilian Günther: “I’m very much looking forward to my second home race of the season! My first one was last week in Monaco, where I live, and now Berlin. It’s always a challenge to race here. The high grip levels of the concrete surface are quite unique, and there are a lot of overtaking opportunities. So we need to optimise our package to be strong overall. I have happy memories from this track – I won here two seasons ago, but there were no fans present. It would be great to put on a good show for my home supporters this weekend.”
Tommaso Volpe, General Manager Nissan Formula E: “We come to Berlin with good memories of our success here last year, and having seen an improved race pace at each event so far this season. In Monaco both Séb and Max managed to recover many positions, but we need to make improvements in qualifying to give us a better chance to race further up the field. So this will be one of our main targets for this E-Prix. The track’s long straights are perhaps less favourable for our car, but the team is focusing on getting the best possible chassis setup to give our drivers a good overall package.”