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Jani Shares Porsche’s Wish for Experienced Teammate

Neel Jani says a Porsche teammate with Formula E experience would be a benefit…

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Neel Jani says he would prefer a teammate with Formula E experience to join him at Porsche for the German manufacturer’s debut campaign next season.

Jani was confirmed as Porsche’s first driver in December and has conducted at least eight days of testing so far, along with development driver Brendon Hartley.

The Swiss driver competed in two E-Prixs at the start of Formula E’s fourth season in 2017 with Dragon but left the squad shortly after and was replaced by Jose Maria Lopez.

The future of current DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer is set to be resolved this month with Jani’s former Porsche LMP1 teammate believed to be a key target to complete its Formula E lineup.

“Clearly for me, if I get a teammate that has Formula E Gen 2 experience, from a driver’s point of view, it is only good for me,” Jani told e-racing365.

“There are a lot of things to learn, so it’s good to have a reference and I think also to a team its helpful. So yes, I mean let’s see who it will be, but clearly it wouldn’t hurt.”

Jani says he is not formally asked about who his teammate could be, but the management team does know his opinions.

“Not really. I mean yes, they hear my opinion that it would be good to have someone who has experience,” said Jani

“But they think anyway the same thing, so I we talk openly about it, but in the end, Porsche know what they need to decide, I guess.”

E-racing365 understands that at least two drivers tested on the Porsche simulator in June as the Stuttgart-based marque continues to evaluate a partner for Jani.

Jani continued to put miles on the pre-homologated Porsche development car in Spain this week.

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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