Robin Frijns could return to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and partner Sam Bird at Virgin Racing in 2018-19, replacing Alex Lynn at the British team.
The Audi factory driver is currently favorite to join Virgin, which is expected to become a powertrain customer of the German manufacturer with confirmation expected imminently.
Frijns has competed in DTM and the Blancpain GT Series this season, and is currently 15th in the points standings with Audi Sport ABT Sportsline.
He completed two full seasons of Formula E with Andretti but lost his seat last season when BMW became an official partner of the team.
Despite Audi being expected to confirm its 2019 DTM program shortly, Frijns is one of a few works drivers being considered for drives in Formula E.
Virgin Managing Director Sylvain Filippi says the team’s driver lineup is unlikely to be made public until October, however.
“We have lots of time to confirm things with drivers and get things in place,” Filippi told e-racing365 recently.
“We are in a good position and fully in charge of our own destiny. I think as a customer team we have a lot going for us and as Techeetah have shown it can be a very strong place to be.”
Filippi explained that while his recommendations would lead the team’s Season Five driver search, they would have to be approved and endorsed by the board, which is now largely made up of Envision Energy representatives.
The Chinese renewable energy giant acquired a majority share of the team in April.
Virgin Racing’s executive make-up also includes Neil Taylor, a significant influencer since the team’s founding in 2013.
Taylor was instrumental in overseeing the Envision deal and also the subsequent departure of former team principal Alex Tai in May.
E-racing365 has also learned that Nico Mueller and Nyck de Vries, both of whom tested with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler at the Rookie Test at Marrakesh last January, have also been under consideration for a seat in Formula E next season.