Piquet leaves Jaguar, Lynn announced as replacement

The inaugural Formula E champion Nelson Piquet will leave Formula E after he and Jaguar mutually agreed a termination of his contract.

Piquet, the winner of the 2014-2015 Formula E Championship, will leave the series to race in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship.

After managing to score only one point all season, he and Jaguar have agreed a mutual termination of his contract, with Jaguar swiftly announcing Alex Lynn as his replacement.

“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.

“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.”

Piquet’s championship success came with Team China Racing, which today races as the NIO Formula E Team, before making the switch to Jaguar for season four.

Despite strong points finishes, he hasn’t been able to match the heights of team-mate Mitch Evans, who has out-scored Piquet and registered the team’s only podium and pole position.

Alex Lynn made his debut at the season three double-header in New York before securing a drive for DS Virgin Racing for season four. He was replaced by Robin Frijns for this season.

“I am really excited to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 in Rome,” said Lynn.

“Joining Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great opportunity for me. 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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Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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