Renault e.dams confirms Prost and Buemi for upcoming Formula E season

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Renault e.dams has confirmed that Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi have been retained for the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E season.

e.dams won the inaugural Formula E teams’ title in London back in June, but was unable to follow up this success in the drivers’ championship as Buemi fell one point short of eventual winner Nelson Piquet Jr.

The French team looked likely to retain both of its season one drivers as both took part in all six days of pre-season testing, but has now officially confirmed that they will be kept on.

“Renault e.dams is delighted to announce Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi as its official driver line-up for the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship campaign, which kicks off on October 17 in Beijing, China,” a statement from the team said.

“The current teams’ champion welcomed the pair back to the fold for official pre-season testing at Donington Park following an extremely successful inaugural campaign in the FIA’s all-electric championship.”

Buemi was pleased to be confirmed as a Renault e.dams driver for season two, believing that the team is in a good position following pre-season.

“I’m so happy that I’ll be working with the guys at Renault e.dams again because we all get on so well,” Buemi said. “The team is a little bigger than last year with Renault being on board but having a big manufacturer like that only strengthens the team.

“After our promising performance in testing things are looking good, but it’s too early to say what will happen during the season. Let’s see!”

Prost, who finished sixth in last year’s drivers’ championship, expressed his confidence in the team and the importance of continuity.

“I’m delighted to be remaining with Renault e.dams for this year’s FIA Formula E Championship,” Prost said.

“It’s important to stay in the same team for the sake of continuity. Everyone knows each other well and it’s much easier to work with the same guys and in the same environment.

“It’ll be exciting to see what we can achieve this year, especially with the new powertrain from Renault and a promising first run at Donington.”

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”