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Jani: “Differing Opinions on Future” Key to Split

Neel Jani believes that a clean break from Dragon Racing was necessary after a few months with the American team saw “circumstances change in the team”….

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Neel Jani believes that a clean break from Dragon Racing was necessary after a few months that saw “circumstances change” in the American team.

The Porsche factory driver left the team recently in what Jani also described as “an amicable decision and a clean break between us.”

Jani first tested for Dragon in August, and signed a deal to race for the team in early September.

Porsche subsequently introduced several senior engineers, including Stephen Mitas and Kyle-Wilson Clarke, to attend both private and the official Valencia test in the autumn.

E-racing365 understands that Dragon’s decision not to firm up an offer to have Porsche engineers embedded in the team for season four was one of the contributing decisions for Jani wishing to leave the team.

“After a very difficult weekend in Hong Kong for all of us, we had to decide how we can proceed and improve for both of us,” Jani told e-racing365.

“We decided it was best for both parties to stop. I really wish them well going forward, it is an amicable decision and a clean break between us.

“There were some circumstances that changed in the team and we also had some different opinions about what the future could be.

“For the long-term development it was better they had someone new and as soon as possible.”

When asked about the decision to not accept Porsche technical assistance, Jani would only state that “only [Dragon] really knows what happened there. I came to the team independently of Porsche last summer.”

Jani is still open to a possible future Formula E seat, despite a difficult initial experience in the category.

“Having made the change now, this does not mean I am not interested in Formula E. The reverse actually is true,” he explained.

“I am still very much interested and I hope that there is an opportunity in the future. I am not sure when that will be, I think for this season it will be hard but next season we will see.

“There are a lot of things that can happen and I would love to get back in and I am really interested in the championship.”

Porsche is currently assembling its Formula E team this year before beginning a testing program for a planned 2019 entry.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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