Felipe Nasr will make his ABB FIA Formula E Championship debut at the Mexico City E-Prix later this month, replacing Max Guenther at GEOX Dragon.
E-racing365 can reveal that the Brazilian is set to complete the majority of the rest of the season, with Guenther giving way after just three races.
Nasr attended the Marrakesh E-Prix with Dragon and was entered to test in the rookie sessions the day after the E-Prix.
Lengthy contractual negotiations prevented any actual running on the day and as a result, the team lost half of its available testing time.
E-racing365 understands that several further negotiations took place between Nasr’s representatives and the team in the weeks between the Marrakesh and Santiago rounds.
These now appear to have resulted in a deal for Nasr to join fellow South American Jose Maria Lopez in the team, beginning in Mexico City on Feb. 16.
Speaking before the Marrakesh E-Prix last month, Nasr said that the original plan of testing was with an eventual race seat firmly in mind.
“I’m sure I can bring my knowledge, my experience over my career to give them the best feedback I can,” Nasr told e-racing365.
“Having the first opportunity now I think it shows that the doors are opened for the series in the future.”
Nasr is also expected to drive the No. 6 Penske EV-3 in the in-season test at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez the day after the E-Prix.
One Clash With IMSA Campaign
Nasr is committed to his title defense in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this season, driving for Action Express Racing, but there is one clash.
The Long Beach street race clashes with the mid-season Rome E-Prix on April 13, and it remains to be seen if Guenther could be drafted back into the team for the Italian round.
The German had a competitive last race in Santiago, out-qualifying teammate Jose Maria Lopez and running in sixth position before stopping with a technical issue.
Twenty-six-year-old Nasr last drove a single-seater car at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and admitted that Formula E was the most attractive series for him to return to the discipline.
“I kind of miss that feeling of driving an open cockpit kind of car and it will be fun to get that taste again and to see how the cars handle, to understand the series,” he told e-racing365 last month.
“I know there’s a lot to take in, a lot to understand as well, so I’m very open for the new experience and I can’t wait to get on it.”