Felix Rosenqvist is set to make a surprise return to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in next month’s Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
The Swede will replace the previously-announced Pascal Wehrlein at Mahindra Racing just a month after it was confirmed that the former Formula 1 driver would drive for the Indian team.
Rosenqvist drove for Mahindra last season but was replaced in the lineup by Wehrlein with the Swede pursuing a Verizon IndyCar Series drive in 2019.
“I’m happy to be back with the guys at Mahindra Racing again for Riyadh,” Rosenqvist said.
“It will be a special occasion, marking the start of an exciting new era for Formula E with the commencement of Season Five.
“Whilst I didn’t attend the official pre-season test in Valencia, I did a lot of running in the new car during its development stages this summer, so I should be prepared.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to work with the team once again and will do my best to help launch us into the new season with success.”
E-racing365 understands that the replacement of Wehrlein will be a temporary measure and that the German-Mauritian is likely to make his debut in January’s Marrakesh E-Prix as teammate to Jerome d’Ambrosio.
The precise reasons for the change remain unclear with Mahindra tight-lipped on the exact explanation.
It is believed that the decision has come from a complex contractual situation for Wehrlein, forcing him to sit out the 2018-19 opener in Saudi Arabia.
Mahindra is understood to have reached an agreement with Rosenqvist’s new IndyCar team Chip Ganassi Racing to ensure he competes in Riyadh.