Buemi not taking 2019/20 FE/WEC clashes ‘too seriously’
Sebastien Buemi says he’s not taking the 2019/20 season Formula E calendar ‘too seriously’ after the recently published scheduled listed three races that are due to clash with rounds of the World Endurance Championship.
Buemi, who recently became WEC drivers’ champion for the second time, is one of several drivers affected by the calendar clash owing to his commitments with both the Nissan e.dams team in Formula E and double Le Mans winner Toyota in WEC.
Speaking ahead of his home race this weekend in Bern, Buemi described the clash as ‘unfortunate’ and expressed his hope that the FIA could quickly find a solution.
“[WEC] will start their championship much earlier [that Formula E] in August, so by the time we clash for the first time, we are just trying to avoid four [further] clashes so I think it’s really unfortunate to see that we clash three times,” said Buemi.
“Especially on a date [21st March, rumoured to be a new location in China] that we don’t have a track yet officially, but we know that we will clash yet on that date.
“To be honest, I don’t take the calendar too seriously because we’ve had quite a few changes [in the past] that sometimes are not down to the organisation, but more to do with the cities.
“I’ll wait a bit longer and hopefully the FIA together with the promoters will find a solution.”
With no Swiss race featuring on next season’s calendar, Buemi said his focus this weekend was to enjoy the race in case it ends up being his last ever home race in Formula E.
“It feels amazing to be here in Bern. I really am trying to enjoy the whole week and not just think about it as a job because [a Swiss race] might not happen again,” said Buemi.
“I’m really happy I already had the opportunity to race in Switzerland and hopefully they’ll find a solution to get back on the calendar. We have big sponsors that have backed Formula E so it would be good to have a race here.”
Meanwhile, Venturi’s Swiss-Italian driver Edoardo Mortara expressed his disappointment at the race having slipped off next season’s calendar but believes a Swiss race could return in future.
“Maybe people are underestimating the chance we have to have a Swiss race,” said Mortara.
“We didn’t have one for many, many years and already the one we had last year was a big thing. To have it once more in Bern is a bit special so I’m a bit disappointed we don’t have [a Swiss race] in the calendar for next year.
“Hopefully this will change in the future, but as Seb says, we should just enjoy this one for now and let’s see what happens.”
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