Over the last week several sources have reported rumours concerning Renault’s current Formula E status.
There have been suggestions that for the 2017-18 season, their entry with French auto racing team e.Dams will be taken over by their alliance partners, Nissan.
The two manufacturers have been closely working together since 1999, and are believed to be considering a rearrangement of their respective motorsport programs.
Last year, Renault return to Formula 1 after a five-year break to coincide with their Formula E efforts.
However, Nissan have been virtually inactive since their failed Le Mans project in 2015. Since then, they have only fielded a handful of cars in the Australian V8 Supercars Championship.
It’s believed the change would take place so the French outfit can focus solely on their F1 project and pass over their Formula E assets to their Japanese counterparts.
This would allow them to communicate their desired attributes of sportiness and technologic advancement, whilst rebuilding Nissan’s reputation within Motorsport.
This isn’t the first time Nissan have been linked with a move to Formula E, with previous reports stating an interest for the 2018-19 season.
This will see new regulations be enforced, which includes the ability for cars to complete the full race distance.
Should these rumours prove to be true, questions will be raised over the future of e. Dams’ drivers.
Currently, defending champion Sebastian Buemi drives for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship and the idea of him driving for two rival Japanese companies simultaneously is improbable. This could force Buemito choose between the two series should he become unable to find refuge within another Formula E team.
Nico Prost may also struggle to retain his seat, being outperformed significantly by Buemi who has claimed five wins out of six this season. In comparison, Prost has failed to finish on the podium this season.
Nissan are likely to include a home-grown driver in its line-up, in the same way other manufacturers such as Jaguar and Audi in their respective line-ups, in addition to Renault’s inclusion of Prost.
As a result, it is likely one of them, if not both, could be out of a drive next season.