09 Oct 19

Driot’s sons take over as Team Principals at Nissan e.dams

Following the death of their father Jean-Paul Driot earlier this year, his sons Gregory and Olivier will take over as the Nissan e.dams Team Principals, working alongside Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsports director. 

After a successful first season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which resulted in a fourth place finish, the Franco-Japanese team will embark on its second campaign with new Team Principals Gregory and Olivier Driot. 
 
“It’s been a very busy off-season,” said Gregory Driot. “Olivier and I are heading into season six with a heavy heart that our team founder and father Jean-Paul is no longer with us, but the entire team is ready to continue with the same fighting spirit with which he created e.dams.”

Founded in 1988 by Jean-Paul Driot, the team is still the most successful in the history of Formula E with three teams’ championship titles to its name, when partnered with Nissan sister company Renault. 

With strong individual efforts from both Sebastien Buemi and his rookie teammate Oliver Rowland, the duo performed well throughout the season. For Buemi, a late late break for the title resulted in a second-place finish in the championship, while Rowland secured the title of best performing rookie.

“We were thrilled with what we achieved in season five – both on-track and off-track, as we showcased Nissan Intelligent Mobility for a global audience,” said Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsports director. 

“We have new challenges ahead, with more rivals joining the championship, and an updated powertrain. 

“Everything we learned from season five has gone into our development for season six, with an even greater emphasis on power and battery management. 

“The test in Valencia is an important part of our preparations, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Sebastien, Oliver, and the team can do.”

With no change to the driver line up for the 2019/20 campaign, the two Nissans will feature a “teaser” livery at the Valencia test, which kicks off on October 15. Following the test, the team’s full season six appearance will be revealed in Japan on October 22.