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D’Ambrosio Set for Dragon Exit

Formula E ever-present Jerome d’Ambrosio set to leave Dragon Racing in July…

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Jerome d’Ambrosio is set to leave Dragon Racing at the end of the current campaign after four seasons with the American squad, e-racing365 can reveal.

The Belgian, who has competed in every ABB FIA Formula E Championship race to date, is now looking at alternative options to be on the grid for Season Five.

While not willing to confirm his exit from the team when approached by e-racing365 at last weekend’s Berlin E-Prix, d’Ambrosio did say that “nothing is defined for me yet for Season Five. We will just have to wait and see what happens.”

E-racing365 has also learned that the Dragon team investigated the possibility of replacing d’Ambrosio for the Berlin E-Prix with test driver and 2016 FIA European Formula 3 runner-up Maximilian Guenther.

However, this plan did not come into effect, meaning d’Ambrosio will complete his fourth season with the Jay Penske-owned Dragon operation as teams are unable to make lineup changes at the final three events.

The 32-year-old, who raced in Formula 1 with Lotus and Virgin between 2011-12, has scored two career E-Prix victories, both of which came after disqualifications for on-the-road winner Lucas Di Grassi at Berlin in Season One and Mexico City in Season Two.

D’Ambrosio then finished 18th in the standings in Season Three and is currently 17th in the present campaign, with his best result so far being seventh place at the inaugural Rome E-Prix in April.

D’Ambrosio, who is managed by renowned motorsport agent Julian Jakobi, is believed to be talking to several teams about a potential Season Five seat.

Gunther, meanwhile, is expected to carry out developmental testing of Dragon’s Season Five Gen 2 challenger, known as the Penske EV-3, next month.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Esteban García

    May 21, 2018 at 6:12 am

    I think Günther could be a very good driver for Dragon.

    He was third in European Formula 3 last year (five points behind second, DTM driver Joel Eriksson). Can he become the teammate of Jose María López?

    Cheers

    Esteban García

  2. Chris

    May 26, 2018 at 4:14 am

    I hope Jerome can stay on the grid for season 5.

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