BMW i Andretti Motorsport has selected Jake Dennis to partner Max Gunther in the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with the team citing impressive test and simulator sessions as a key factor in the decision.
The 25-year-old Brit caught the eye of the outfit’s management during an intensive selection process encompassing a number of test sessions in the BMW iFE.20 and in BMW Motorsport’s simulator.
Dennis contested the DTM in 2019 and secured Aston Martin’s best result of the season. In the same year, he stormed to pole position in the famed Bathurst 12 Hours endurance race and finished second.
From 2018, he has fulfilled a test and development role with Formula 1 team Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and both driver and new team feel his utility and versatility, having sampled multiple disciplines in his career to-date, will stand him in good stead for the leap into Formula E.
“I’m really looking forward to the new challenge that awaits me in Formula E, and would like to thank all those in charge at BMW i Andretti Motorsport for their trust,” said Dennis.
“I’m aware that I will be confronted with unique requirements in Formula E, which I will need to get used to first, but versatility has always been one of my strengths, and I am confident that, with the help of the team and my fellow driver Maximilian Günther, I will quickly get my bearings.
“Formula E is one of those race series that, as a racing driver, you really want to be involved in at the moment because the level of manufacturers, teams and drivers is higher there than anywhere else. I can’t wait to be starting a Formula E race in the BMW iFE.21 for the very first time.”
Phillip Eng was the other driver heavily linked to the driver, but BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt felt Dennis was the perfect package for BMW at this time.
“I’m delighted that we were able to recruit a young, talented, versatile driver like him for our Formula E project,” said Marquardt. “His performances in the BMW Motorsport simulator and during test drives in the BMW iFE.20 were impressive which is why we decided to offer him the cockpit alongside Maximilian Günther.
“Jake made a name for himself through his appearances in the DTM and with his podium finish in the Bathurst 12 Hours, among other things. He is also a simulator and development driver for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in Formula 1.
“But our decision wasn’t based solely on whether someone has raced in the DTM or Formula 1. To be successful in Formula E with all its unique challenges, a driver must meet some very special criteria. We considered all of those and tested our candidates thoroughly with these in mind.
“At the end, it was clear to us that Jake Dennis brings the perfect full package that we desire from a driver in Formula E.”