“I think the most important thing is to make sure you have a good preparation, that’s the key to success in Formula E. You have to treat your mind and make sure you get prepared very well for places.”
Thanks to the comeback of Sebastien Buemi during the second half of the season, winning in Monaco and the first race in the London double-header, the FIA Formula E Championship had a thrilling finale. Unfortunately for Buemi he was beaten to the title by just one point. Keen to make amends for last year, Buemi remains at Renault e.dams for another try at the championship.
After enjoying a successful karting campaign, Buemi moved to the German Formula BMW Championship finishing third in his debut season - just behind another future Formula 1 driver, Sebastian Vettel. As the points kept on coming for Buemi, so did the opportunities to work his way up the open-wheel classes.
Buemi had his first taste of Formula 1 machinery at the age of just 15 when he was given the chance to drive an Arrows F1 car. In 2006, he raced in the F3 Euro Series for the first time, finishing 12th overall. He then made his debut in GP2 in 2007, and was on impressive form from the start. In 2009, he caught the eye of Toro Rosso, who signed him up later that year, making Buemi the first Swiss driver to race in Formula 1 since 1995.
He continued to drive for Toro Rosso through to 2011 when he was team-mate with DS Virgin’s Jean-Eric Vergne, but still remains connected to the outfit who he first tested for in 2007 as a reserve driver for Red Bull Racing.
Alongside his Formula E duties, Buemi also competes in the World Endurance Championship with Toyota. He only competed in three races in his maiden season, but his team finished 5th in the standings. The following year after completing in his first full season, Toyota finished third. At the third time of trying for Buemi he clinched the title with team-mate Anthony Davidson.