Pascal Wehrlein officially broke the news yesterday, stating through social media: “From today onwards I will no longer be part of Mahindra Racing.”, the team that opened the doors to the German driver in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The 25-year-old further express: “My interest was to finish the season but the current situation didn´t allow so.
“I can´t say much about my future but will keep you informed.”
E-racing approached Mahindra Racing for comment; this is the statement provided: “Mahindra Racing’s current focus is on supporting the FIA and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to get the 2019/20 series back up and running when it is safe to do so.”
“Our driver line-up for the 2020/21 season will be announced in due course.”
Nick Heidfeld is currently the Indian´s team reserve driver, simulator and development driver Sam Dejonghe last drove the M6Electro in Marrakesh at the rookie test celebrated the day after the 2020 E-Prix at the Moulay El Hassan street circuit.
Wehrlein, who was crowned DTM champion in 2015, joined Mahindra Racing for the 2018-2019 season, partnering Jerome d’Ambrosio.
As our colleagues from The Race reported, the German´s future is linked to a move to contest the next season with the Porsche Formula E team.
At the moment this article is written, neither team has issued an official statement on Pascal Wehrlein.
SEASON SIX IN REVIEW
The 2019-2020 season of the all-electric racing series kicked off last November in Saudi Arabia with a double-header event.
Season 6 campaign continued in January when the series traveled to the Americas. The third round of the competition took place in Chile´s city capital, Santiago de Chile.
On February 15, the “fiercely driven” visited Mexico City to then head to the fifth round of the calendar scheduled for February 29, the Marrakesh E-Prix.
But then, the world stop, life changed, with the coronavirus outbreak spreading to over 180 countries.
The Covid-19 pandemic also brought sports to a halt; Formula E was not the exception.
“We are committed to return racing as soon as it is deemed safe to do so,” reads in the series official webpage.
Over 100 days after the last race was run, the series is yet to announce a calendar with the new dates that allow completing Season 6 campaign.
According to the regulations in effect, six races are the minimum required to qualify as a championship.
Recently, the Berlin E-Prix appeared as a potential host to a double-header event at the Tempelhof airport in August, but it is yet uncertain where, when, and the season may resume.
Overall, DS Techeetah´s Antonio Felix da Costa leads the championship with 67 points, followed by Panasonic Jaguar Racing Mitch Evans with 56 points after the opening five rounds.