Dragon Racing has confirmed that ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr will replace Maximillian Gunther in its ABB FIA Formula E line-up from this weekend’s race in Mexico City.
The American team had previously stated that it expected Nasr to drive alongside Jose Maria Lopez in Mexico after Gunther had completed a “three-race programme” at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Dragon at the Mexico City E-Prix,” said Nasr. “The series has been on my radar for a while now, and I feel that this is a remarkable opportunity.
“Formula E has taken big steps since it began and is now showing the way to the future, not only pushing the boundaries of the electric vehicle technology but also the way teams and drivers compete in a challenging single day event format in the heart of major city centres all around the world.
“Dragon is certainly looking very strong with its new Gen2 car, and I think the whole team has done a great job understanding the keys to performance and how to get the best out of their in-house developed package straight away.
“There are a lot of talented and incredibly hard-working people within the organisation.
“I’m also looking forward to work alongside Pechito [Lopez]. He’s got a lot of experience and significant achievements in his career so far.
“I am also very excited to work alongside someone like [team principal] Jay Penske, who wants to succeed in every aspect of the sport and who brings the right energy into the team.”
The Mexico City race will be Nasr’s first single-seater outing since the end of the 2016 F1 season, which was the second of his two years with the Sauber squad (now Alfa Romeo).
He won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title alongside Eric Curran last year and is defending his title in 2019 alongside a new full-time teammate at Action Express Racing, Pipo Derani.
April's Rome E-Prix clashes with IMSA's Long Beach race, which is expected to take priority for Nasr.
“I am pleased to welcome Felipe into the Dragon organisation,” said Penske. “Felipe brings with him his incredible credentials, a keen racing intellect and a desire to achieve success in this championship.
“This mindset fits perfectly with Dragon’s continuing evolution to compete at the front of this demanding series.
“Between Max, Felipe, and Jose, I believe we have one of the strongest line-ups on the grid. I look forward to working with Felipe to achieve our objectives, beginning with his debut this weekend in Mexico City.”
Gunther has previously confirmed that he will remain as he Dragon’s simulator, test and reserve driver.
Maximilian Gunther, Dragon Racing, Penske EV-3
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