Formula E

Piquet switches to Jaguar for 2017-18 FE season

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Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jnr has switched to Jaguar Racing for his fourth season in the series.

Piquet moves from NextEV after three years with the Chinese squad. He claimed the title in FE’s inaugural season with the team, but has struggled over the past two seasons, with his fourth place at Monaco in 2017 the best either Piquet or team-mate Oliver Turney could manage.

“It’s a great honour to join Panasonic Jaguar Racing,” Piquet said. “Jaguar has such a strong history in motorsport and it’s an exciting time to become part of the team. Their commitment to electric motorsport is inspiring and I’m looking forward to working with the team.”

The 32-year-old joins Mitch Evans, who made his FE debut with Jaguar last year and finished 14th in the drivers’ standings.

“After such a great season its fantastic to be continuing with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in season four,” he said. “As a team, we are moving in the right direction and I can’t wait for the kick off in Hong Kong.”

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After a strong debut last year when Jaguar took five points finishes and a fastest lap, the team is aiming to move up through the order this season.

“We are hugely excited to have Nelson on board for season four,” said team director James Barclay. “Mitch was one of the outstanding rookies of the season with some great qualifying and race performances. With our new driver line-up we are aiming to be a strong challenger on the grid, regularly competing for points.

“We have taken a lot of learnings from season three and the team have been working extremely hard throughout the off-season, focusing on the design and development of the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2.”

Evan’s season three team-mate Adam Caroll is yet to be confirmed at another team after leaving Jaguar, but reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung will remain in his role.

Image credit: Jaguar Racing

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