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11 teams approved by FIA for Formula E 2018/19 season

Formula E has had its 11 teams due to take part in the 2018/19 season approved by the FIA, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

A record grid of 22 cars will include newcomers HWA, the Mercedes subdivision which will run as a Venturi customer during its inaugural season as it acts as a placeholder for the works Mercedes outfit before its arrival next season.

Thrice teams’ champions e.dams has been officially renamed Nissan e.dams following the departure of Renault, with its sister company Nissan taking its spot. The team is expected to announce Sebastien Buemi’s team-mate after the homologation date of October 1.

Andretti has been renamed the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team following the American outfit’s technical partnership with the German manufacturer. BMW will design the powertrain and be in charge of engineering, while Andretti will continue to run the team similar to e.dams’ relationship with Nissan and previously Renault.

Its drivers are also yet to be confirmed, with Antonio Felix da Costa potentially remaining with the team and DTM driver Bruno Spengler in contention for a seat having completed several private test days with the team.

Techeetah has taken the DS suffix away from Virgin Racing after the French manufacturer’s decision to part ways with Virgin at the end of last season. Virgin is expected to announce an Audi customer supply deal while Techeetah will run as a manufacturer for the first time in its history.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer will remain as Techeetah, whereas Sam Bird’s team-mate at Virgin is yet to be announced.

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler and Jaguar Racing will retain their line-ups from last season, whereas Mahindra could have to replace both its drivers as Nick Heidfeld has been exploring options outside of Formula E, and Felix Rosenqvist potentially racing in Indycar next season with Chip Ginassi.

Dragon is set to retain Jose Maria Lopez with Arden Formula 2 racer Maximillian Gunther expected to step up from his reserve driver role to replace Jerome d’Ambrosio.

NIO are set to retain Luca Filippi, who has completed the majority of the team’s private testing, alongside Oliver Turvey for the coming season.

The public three-day pre-season test will start on October 16 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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