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Sarrazin to Replace Blomqvist for Remainder of Season

Stephane Sarrazin returns to Formula E in place of Tom Blomqvist at Andretti…

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Stephane Sarrazin will replace Tom Blomqvist at Andretti for the remainder of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season, the team announced on Monday.

The Frenchman will make his Formula E return at the Berlin E-Prix later this month before competing in Zurich and the double-header finale in New York.

It will be his first start in the all-electric series since Montreal last season and the program will be coupled with his FIA World Endurance Championship entry with SMP Racing in LMP1.

The driver change comes as Blomqvist focuses his efforts on the BMW M8 GTE program in WEC ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The BMW factory driver has been in the No. 27 Andretti ATEC-03 since Marrakesh, replacing Kamui Kobayashi who drove the opening two races in Hong Kong.

“First off – we are very thankful for the effort and time that Tom Blomqvist put in this season,” said Andretti Formula E CEO Michael Andretti.

“Stephane Sarrazin brings with him a wealth of experience in Formula E. He is one of the smartest, most well-versed drivers in motorsports and we are excited for him to bring his knowledge to the MS&AD Andretti team.

“We will make a strong push and hopefully finish the season on a high note at the last four races.”

Sarrazin already has 33 Formula E starts to his name, including three podium finishes, and he recently tested DS’ Season Five car in the first two manufacturer group tests.

His most recent six race starts were with Techeetah last season, which is expected to announce a partnership with DS in July for the 2018-19 season.

“I am really happy to be joining the MS&AD Andretti team,” said Sarrazin. “After three seasons and a fantastic experience, it’s great to be back in Formula E.

“I will give my best to the team and try to score as many points as possible in the last four races of the season.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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    May 8, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Go Stephane!

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