Piquet joins Evans in Jaguar's Formula E line-up

Jaguar has signed Formula E’s inaugural champion Nelson Piquet Jr to partner Mitch Evans for the 2017/18 season.

Piquet joins Evans in Jaguar's Formula E line-up
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Mitch Evans, Nelson Piquet Jr, Ho-Pin Tung, Jaguar Racing
Mitch Evans, Nelson Piquet Jr., Jaguar Racing
Nelson Piquet Jr., Jaguar Racing
Jaguar Racing livery launch
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Piquet switches from the NextEV/NIO team, having twice failed to finish in the top 10 in the championship since winning the title.

He replaces Adam Carroll in Jaguar’s line-up for its second FE campaign.

Jaguar has sought Piquet for some time, while the ex-Formula 1 driver has also been keen to make the switch.

Piquet stayed with the same team as NextEV took over the Team China entry for 2015/16 but produced a heavy, underperforming twin-motor powertrain.

It continued with that design philosophy for 2016/17 and produced a more potent package, with Piquet claiming his first pole in the Hong Kong opener, but it was an inefficient design and the Brazilian failed to finish on the podium all season.

Piquet described the move as a “great honour”, adding: “Jaguar has such a strong history in motorsport and it’s an exciting time to become part of the team.

“Their commitment to electric motorsport is inspiring and I’m looking forward to working with the team.”

Jaguar team director James Barclay said he was “hugely excited” to sign Piquet and called Evans “one of the outstanding rookies of the season”.

Barclay also said Jaguar's target was to score points on a regular basis with the I-TYPE 2, which was unveiled at a launch event on Thursday with a new livery.

Evans was handed his FE debut by Jaguar last season as the team opted for two rookies in its first season, and the New Zealander comfortably outperformed his more experienced teammate Carroll.

Thought he could not stop Jaguar finishing last of the 10 teams, Evans amassed 22 of its 27 points, and scored a best finish of fourth in Mexico City.

His reward is a second season with the Indian-owned British manufacturer, while it is not known whether Carroll will seek an opportunity elsewhere.

“After such a great season it's fantastic to be continuing with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in season four,” said Evans.

“As a team, we are moving in the right direction, and I can't wait for the kick off in Hong Kong.”

Jaguar has also confirmed Ho-Pin Tung will reprise his role as reserve driving in the coming season.

2017/18 Formula E grid so far:

Team

Drivers

Renault e.dams

 Sebastien Buemi

 Nico Prost

Faraday Future Dragon Racing

 Jerome d'Ambrosio

 Neel Jani

DS Virgin Racing

 Sam Bird

 Alex Lynn

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler

 Lucas di Grassi

 Daniel Abt

Techeetah

 Jean-Eric Vergne

TBA

Andretti

 Antonio Felix da Costa

TBA

Mahindra

 Nick Heidfeld

 Felix Rosenqvist

NextEV NIO

 Oliver Turvey

TBA

Jaguar

 Mitch Evans

Nelson Piquet Jr

Venturi TBA

 

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