DS Virgin Racing team principal Alex Tai is set to leave his position with the team, e-racing365 can reveal.
Tai, who has been in charge of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship outfit since its formation in 2014, is expected to be replaced shortly.
Tai is not at the Berlin E-Prix this weekend, with chief technical officer and deputy team principal Sylvain Filippi instead overseeing the operation.
E-racing365 understands that some senior members of DS Virgin were informed of Tai’s departure ahead of the Berlin event in a hastily arranged meeting at the Tempelhof circuit on Thursday.
The team is expected to confirm that it will race as an Audi powertrain customer in Season Five, with an announcement anticipated in July soon after the New York City finale.
News of Tai’s suspected exit comes just two weeks after the Envision Energy company – which is known to have ambitions to become a Formula E manufacturer – acquired a majority share of DS Virgin.
“The electrification of the transportation system means that the future of the energy and mobility sectors are intertwined,” said Lei Zhang, Envision Founder and CEO, in April.
“Envision and DS Virgin Racing share an ambition to accelerate the energy transition, where everyone has access to clean, secure and affordable energy.
“With this investment, we will work with the DS Virgin Racing Team to create the future of clean e-mobility.”
Both Tai and the DS Virgin team declined to comment when approached by e-racing365 on Friday.