Mahindra Racing has confirmed today that Jerome D’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein will join the team for season five.
D’Ambrosio has competed in every single Formula E race to date, all of which for the Dragon team, taking two wins (both inherited at the expense of a disqualification for Lucas Di Grassi), as well as seven podiums and two pole positions.
“I’m super excited to join Mahindra Racing”, said D’Ambrosio. “I’ve known some people in the team for more than ten years and haven’t managed to work together with them yet and now we are going to have that opportunity, which is a great prospect.
“I think we have a great team and a really dedicated bunch of people with the possibility of doing something great so I am really motivated to make sure that we achieve the results that the team deserves.
“I’ve known Dilbagh for the last four years and what the team has achieved in that time is amazing and has shown great progression and I want to make sure that continues.”
Wehrlein will make his debut in Riyadh in December after completing two seasons in Formula One for Manor and Sauber, and a season in DTM for Mercedes in 2018, his return to the series since he became the youngest DTM champion aged 19 in 2015.
The announcement that Wehrlein will join the team comes as a minor surprise as the German was being heavily rumoured for the second Toro Rosso drive in Formula One in 2019.
“I’m very happy to be joining Mahindra Racing,” said Wehrlein. “I had the first meeting with Dilbagh in the summer and met the team for the first time at a test event. It’s a small team but with really high ambitions and I have the same high ambitions. I want to achieve the best possible results and I have a feeling the team is the right environment for me. I’m looking forward to the season and I will give my best.”
It’s a completely new line up for Mahindra as Felix Rosenqvist leaves the team and the series to race in IndyCar for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019, and Nick Heidfeld takes a step back and takes a new advisory role as well as becoming the official test and reserve driver for the team.