Buemi takes pole for Formula E title decider in London

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LONDON, UK – Sebastien Buemi will start Sunday’s title-deciding London ePrix from pole position after dominating proceedings in qualifying at Battersea Park.

Buemi topped both legs of qualifying, producing a fastest lap of 1:22.093 in the Superpole shoot-out for pole position – the quickest of the weekend so far.

The result secured Buemi three points, drawing him level with title rival Lucas di Grassi ahead of the final showdown later this afternoon.

Di Grassi reached the top five, but was powerless to stop Buemi and Renault e.dams teammate Nicolas Prost locking out the front row of the grid, leaving him third for the start.

Should di Grassi and Buemi end the day tied on points – only possible if both retire or fail to score – then di Grassi would take the title by virtue of having more third-place finishes.

Oliver Turvey produced a stunning lap in both stages of qualifying to secure P4 on the grid for NEXTEV TCR, while Nick Heidfeld bounced back from his post-race penalty on Saturday to qualify fifth.

The London ePrix kicks off at 4pm local time (11am ET) on Sunday.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.