Team Mulsanne and Gianni Morbidelli have parted ways by mutual consent ahead of this weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Cup round in Slovakia.

The highly experienced Italian, a former F1 driver and three-time Italian Superstars champion, paired up with his countryman Fabrizio Giovanardi to form one of the most formidable driver pairings in the WTCR’s inaugural season.

The duo, driving a pair of Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCRs which had little pre-season testing, have struggled. Team Mulsanne is the only full-time entrant yet to claim a points’ finish to-date, with Giovanardi coming agonizingly close with a pair of eleventh places last time out at Vila Real.

By constrast, Morbidelli retired from the opening race – for the seventh time in thirteen starts – and did not start the weekend’s two remaining races after an accident in qualifying preceded a litany of mechanical issues that kept him sidelined.

Team Mulsanne confirmed it would announce Morbidelli’s replacement ‘shortly’.

Image via FIA WTCR Media

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