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Lopez to Complete Season With GEOX Dragon

Jose Maria Lopez to complete the season with GEOX Dragon despite recent rumors…

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Jose Maria Lopez says he will complete the current ABB FIA Formula E Championship season with GEOX Dragon despite recent doubts whether or not he would run in the final three races.

Uncertainties were raised about his continuation with the American team after post-race comments made by the Argentinian after last month’s Berlin E-Prix.

However, Lopez told e-racing365 this week that he will see out the present campaign in the No. 7 Penske EV-3, although admitting that plans for next season are still unclear.

“We really need to see how the season finishes,” he said.

“I have an option with the team [for 2019-20], but these options don’t guarantee you the seat. We need to go through the team, if they are happy and if I am happy, and then we will see.

“If I don’t have the opportunity to continue, it’s not nice for me because I will leave feeling like I didn’t achieve what I wanted yet.

“We need to see. If I am in the series, I try to achieve things and try to be a protagonist every race. But if I cannot do that, and the team feels like it’s hard to achieve that, then I need to see.”

Lopez has scored just three points from the last 14 Formula E races and, despite qualifying third for both this season’s Ad Diriyah and Rome E-Prixs, his average qualifying position is 12th.

Prior to confirming he will take part in the Bern and New York rounds, Lopez had voiced his frustrations to Fox Sports Latin America stating that if he remained at GEOX Dragon beyond Berlin, “we’ll try to finish the season the best we can.”

Lopez is contracted to Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship season where he is expected to again race the No. 7 car alongside Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi.

Daniel Lloyd contributed to this report.

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

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