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Mahindra Signs d’Ambrosio, Wehrlein Favorite as Teammate

Jerome d’Ambrosio signed by Mahindra for 2018-19, e-racing365 can reveal…

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Mahindra Racing has signed Jerome d’Ambrosio for the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship, e-racing365 can reveal.

The Belgian is likely to be formally announced by the Indian team ahead of the official pre-season test at Valencia which gets underway on Tuesday.

E-racing365 discovered last month that the 32-year-old was in line to join the team after he tested its Gen 2 development car extensively throughout August and September.

He competed for Dragon in every season since the series’ inception in 2014, scoring two wins and a handful of podium finishes in the process.

His deal with Mahindra is understood to be a single-season contract.

The current favorite driver to become his teammate is Pascal Wehrlein, who tested the M5Electro development car for several days last month.

He is also expected to attend the Valencia test this week and a potential deal for him to race alongside d’Ambrosio is expected to also be confirmed.

A team announcement is believed to have been delayed at the behest of Mercedes, with Wehrlein competing with the brand in DTM for the final time at the Hockenheimring this weekend.

Mahindra’s 2017-18 driver Nick Heidfeld is expected to be retained as test and reserve driver.

The team also tested Pipo Derani during the off-season, with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race winner still interested in a potential future Formula E program.

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

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Chris

    October 14, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Good choice I think. A solid pair of hands, and great to see Jerome continuing for a 5th season. If it is Wehrlein then it’d be odd. To turn down a potential future at Mercedes EQ to focus on getting back to F1, and then ending up at Mahindra. I’m pretty confident that Mahindra will be competitive again this season, but after that, you wouldn’t bet on them keeping up with the bigger brands.

    • krisg

      October 14, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Yeah, it will be good for D’Ambrosio as he suffered with Dragon’s pace over the seasons. Mahindra has proved to have a more competitive package.

      About Wehrlein, I would think that he still trying to get a seat at Toro Rosso though. He proved to be fast but FE demands more than a fast driver, they do have to know how to use regen and recover energy too. If he signs with Mahindra, will be interesting to know how will he adapt to the series.

  2. sukmykok

    October 14, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I dont think he deserves another chance in F.E …he won 1 race in 4 years

    • Chris

      October 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      2 races. Both after finishing behind Di Grassi

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