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Jaguar Confirms Piquet Jr.

Nelson Piquet Jr. will switch from the NIO Formula E Team to Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the fourth FIA Formula E Championship season….

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Nelson Piquet Jr. will switch from the NIO Formula E Team to Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the fourth FIA Formula E Championship season.

The inaugural Formula E champion will join Mitch Evans at the team after protracted negotiations to confirm the Brazilian’s services were completed at the end of August and publicly announced today.

The 32 year-old Brazilian replaces Adam Carroll, who has left the team.

“It’s a great honor to join Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Jaguar has such a strong history in motorsport and it’s an exciting time to become part of the team,” said Piquet.

“Their commitment to electric motorsport is inspiring and I’m looking forward to working with the team.”

Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director James Barclay added: “We are hugely excited to have Nelson on board for Season Four.

“Mitch was one of the outstanding rookies of the season with some great qualifying and race performances.

“With our new driver lineup, we are aiming to be a strong challenger on the grid, regularly competing for points.

“We have taken a lot of learnings from Season Three and the team have been working extremely hard throughout the off-season, focusing on the design and development of the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2,.”

Piquet’s move comes after a frustrating last two seasons with NIO, formerly NextEV.

As revealed by e-racing365 last week, a last ditch attempt by NIO to keep its prized asset initially delayed the move. The deal was completed after DS Virgin triggered its option to keep Alex Lynn, who tested for Jaguar in early August.

Felipe Massa, who also tested for Jaguar in Sicily earlier this year, is believed to not have been in serious contention to get a race seat.

The current Williams F1 driver has publicly declared himself interested in carving out a career in Formula E after his F1 activities come to an end.

Piquet has a deal which is believed to have multi-season options.

Jaguar also confirmed that Ho-Pin Tung will continue as the official reserve driver.

Joining Piquet at the team will be his former F1 engineer at Renault F1, Phil Charles.

E-racing365 can confirm that Charles has taken up the position of technical manager.

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

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Anon

    September 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

    So, who gets the second NIO seat (assuming Oliver Turvey remains)?

    • Sam Smith

      September 24, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Keep tuned in to e-racing365 to find out in next seven days or so! 🙂

    • Sam Smith

      September 25, 2017 at 8:22 am

      I would say OT highly likely to stay yes. Check the site for news on his teammate soon 🙂

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