Piquet Jr. leaves Jaguar Racing, Lynn hired as replacement

After 18 races with the team, Season Once champion Nelson Piquet Jr. has parted company with Jaguar Racing with immediate effect. 

Former Virgin Racing driver Alex Lynn will replace the Brazilian alongside Mitch Evans for the rest of the season.

The 2014/15 FE champion has scored just a single point so far in the current campaign and crashed out of last weekend’s round at Sanya after qualifying last.

Piquet joined Jaguar ahead of the third season of the ABB Formula E championship, after racing for the Team China Racing/NEXT-EV squad in the first two seasons. He scored a total of 52 points for Jaguar, finishing 9th in the season 4 drivers championship, and helping Jaguar to 6th in the team’s championship the same season.

“I have enjoyed working with Panasonic Jaguar Racing over the past season and a half but results in season five have not met the collective expectations of myself and the team,” said Piquet.

“I begin my Stock Car Brazil season in a week and a half and that will be my focus in 2019.

“I am still very passionate about Formula E having been involved since the start and winning the inaugural championship. I wish Jaguar Racing the very best for the rest of the season.”

Jaguar team boss James Barclay said: “Following discussions after Sanya, Nelson and ourselves have reflected on the position of the team.

“Regrettably, it has been agreed that he will leave Panasonic Jaguar Racing and take up other opportunities he has been offered.

“We made a big step forward when Nelson joined us in season four, and he achieved some strong results for the team, but recent results have not met his or the team’s expectations.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank Nelson for all the hard work he has put in since joining us ahead of season four; he has contributed a significant amount into the development of the car and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

British driver Lynn, who finished 16th in the 2017/18 championship, said he was: “Really excited to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar in Rome. I am focused on working with Mitch, the engineers and technicians to put in a strong performance from now until the end of the season.”

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