Stephane Sarrazin has left the Venturi Formula E team with immediate effect and will see out the remainder of the 2016/17 season with the Renault-powered Techeetah team.
The Frenchman, who has scored one podium so far in his career, has been released by the Monegasque team following negotiations with Techeetah, who has been looking for a new driver after Esteban Gutierrez signed with Daly Coyne Racing in the IndyCar Series.
The upcoming Berlin ePrix will be Sarrazin’s first race with the Chinese team, which has shown front-running pace so far this season and collected two podiums with Jean-Eric Vergne.
Following an impressive point-scoring debut, Tom Dillmann has now been offered a full-time role with Venturi and will compete the remaining races alongside Maro Engel.
“A positive solution for all those involved,” explained Venturi Team Principal Gildo Pallanca Pastor. “With his experience, Stephane will be embraced by Techeetah and at the same time, the season will offer Tom the chance of gathering further important experiences, with Venturi.
“This means that all the three Venturi joint drivers, Maro Engel, Stephane Sarrazin and Tom Dillmann will contest the coming championship rounds in Berlin, New York and Montreal.”
The move marks Sarrazin’s first change of team in his Formula E career, having driven for Venturi since the inaugural ePrix in Beijing back in 2014.