Panasonic Jaguar Racing has announced it will part ways with Nelson Piquet Jr, effective immediately.
The inaugural 2014-15 Formula E champion, Piquet joined Jaguar ahead of the 2017-18 season and scored a best race result for the team of fourth on three occasions during that season on his way to ninth in the championship.
Results in the current 2018-19 season have been far tougher to come by for the Brazilian, with tenth place in the opening event in Saudi Arabia the only point-scoring result to date – capped off by a run of three consecutive failures to finish in the past three races – has left Piquet mired 20th in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
In a statement, Piquet acknowledged results during season five have not been as strong as he desired, and said: “I have enjoyed working with Panasonic Jaguar Racing over the past season and a half but results in season five have not met the collective expectations of myself and the team.”
Jaguar Team Principal James Barclay acknowledged Piquet’s contribution to the team over their 18 races together.
“We made a big step forward when Nelson joined us in season 4. He achieved some strong results for the team, but recent results have not met his or the team’s expectations,” he added.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank Nelson for all the hard work he has put in since joining us ahead of season 4; he has contributed a significant amount into the development of the car.”
Despite having Ho-Pin Tung on the books as reserve and test driver, Jaguar have selected Alex Lynn to drive alongside incumbent Mitch Evans for the rest of the season, beginning at the next event, the Rome ePrix on April 13.
It is a return to Formula E for the Brit, who has completed a single prior season in the championship, finishing the 2017-18 season sixteenth overall with Virgin Racing.
In announcing Lynn’s arrival, Barclay added that the Brit is expected to aid the team in achieving stronger results.
“Our objective this season is to be competing for podiums, we have agreed that Alex will join the team from the next event in Rome,” he explained.
“With half the season remaining we will be pushing very hard for strong results. I would like to welcome Alex to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing and look forward to working with him.”
Pleased to be back in Formula E and to join Jaguar, Lynn is keen to get started.
“I am really excited to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 in Rome. Joining Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great opportunity for me. I am focused on working with Mitch, the engineers and technicians to put in a strong performance from now until the end of the season.”
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