Nelson Piquet Jr. will race for Jaguar alongside Mitch Evans in the 2017-18 Formula E Championship season.
Piquet Jr. was the series’ inaugural champion in 2014-15 with the China Racing squad, claiming two wins and a further three podiums to narrowly pip Renault e.DAMS’ Sébastien Buemi to the title.
China Racing morphed into NextEV for the second season of the Formula E Championship, however their powerplant was found wanting and he tumbled to a lowly fifteenth overall in the standings. Matters improved somewhat in the 2016-17 season, placing eleventh overall.
The Brazilian has instead signed to race for Jaguar, which made its Formula E Championship debut last season with Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll as its driver pairing. Its Jaguar I-Type 1 proved inconsistent and unreliable in its maiden campaign, putting the team tenth and last in the Teams’ Championship standings.
Despite this, Piquet is confident that Jaguar’s pedigree and experience will make it a more competitive force in its sophomore campaign.
“It’s a great honour to join Panasonic Jaguar Racing,” he said.
“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. I’m looking forward to working with the team.”
Now in his second season with the team, Evans is equally hoping to build on a solid 2016-17 campaign where he claimed four points’ finishes which included a fine fourth place at the Mexico City ePrix.
“After such a great season, it’s fantastic to be continuing with Panasonic Jaguar Racing,” he said, having comfortably shaded then teammate Adam Carroll.
“As a team, we are moving in the right direction, and I can’t wait for the kick-off.”
The team has retained Chinese-Dutch driver Ho-Pin Tung as its official reserve driver.
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