Tom Blomqvist has been dropped from the Andretti Formula E team’s line-up for the remaining four races of the 2017-18 season. His seat will be taken by Stéphane Sarrazin.
The Frenchman, who raced for the Venturi and Techeetah squads in the Formula E Championship’s first three seasons, will serve as teammate to António Félix da Costa starting at this month’s Berlin ePrix.
“I am really happy to be joining the Andretti team,” said Sarrazin. “After three seasons and a fantastic experience, it’s great to be back in Formula E.
“I will give my best to the team and try to score as many points as possible in the last four races of the season.”
Sarrazin recently conducted the first Gen2 car tests for the DS manufacturer, which is rumoured to switch its powertrain supply from Virgin Racing to championship frontrunners Techeetah in the off-season.
Formula E Championship rookie Blomqvist achieved a best finish of eighth at the Marrakesh ePrix earlier this season. The Englishman missed the season-opening Hong Kong ePrix double-header, where his place was taken by former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi.
Blomqvist (pictured top), who is a factory driver for Andretti’s partner BMW, will “focus on the BMW GTE programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship”, a statement from the Andretti team reads.
“First off – we are very thankful for the effort and time that Tom Blomqvist put in this season,” said Andretti FE CEO, Michael Andretti.
“Stéphane Sarrazin brings with him a wealth of experience in Formula E. He is one of the smartest, most well-versed drivers in motorsports and we are excited for him to bring his knowledge to the Andretti team.
“We will make a strong push and hopefully finish the season on a high note at the last four races.”
The Andretti team currently sits last of the series’ ten teams in the Teams’ Championship standings on 20 points, with da Costa’s sixth place in Hong Kong its best finish to-date.
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