Nelson Piquet Jr. is leaving Jaguar Racing’s Formula E team, effectively immediately. Former F1 racer Piquet, who has raced in all five seasons of the all-electric series, said his departure was by mutual agreement after a series of disappointing performances.
Since he started in his fifth season in December last year, Piquet Jr. has scored just a single point, which he claimed for a 10th-place finish in Saudi Arabia.
“I have enjoyed working with Panasonic Jaguar Racing over the past season and a half but results in Season 5 have not met the collective expectations of myself and the team,” said Piquet Jr.
Joining Jaguar at the start of the 2017/18 season, Piquet Jr. finished the season in ninth place, two places behind teammate Mitch Evans.
“We made a big step forward when Nelson joined us in Season 4,” said Panasonic Jaguar Racing team principal James Barclay. “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 4; he has contributed a significant amount into the development of the car.”
Taking Piquet’s place will be ex-Virgin Racing Formula E driver and Alex Lynn. Since leaving Virgin at the end of the 2017/18 season, the Briton will partner Mitch Evans from the Rome E-Prix onwards.
“I am really excited to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 in Rome. Joining Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great opportunity for me,” said Lynn. “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.”