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Formula E return confirmed for Jose Maria Lopez


Double Formula E podium-finnisher and three-time FIA WTCC Champion replaces Neel Jani at Dragon

It has been confirmed that three-time FIA World Touring Car Champion Jose Maria Lopez will replace Neel Jani and race alongside Jerome D’Ambrosio at DRAGON for the remainder of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship season. 

Lopez, a two-time podium-finisher, joined Formula E ahead of last season as the reigning World Touring Car champion, and his performances improved over the course of the campaign – with podium finishes for DS Virgin Racing in Paris and Montreal the main highlights.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC LMP1 driver will make his debut for the American outfit at a familiar location, the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, where he has won no fewer than three times before. Lopez will be looking to give the team their first points of the season at the Marrakesh E-Prix, after both D’Ambrosio and Jani had disappointing weekends in Hong Kong, leaving the team at the bottom of the standings.

After completing only two races for DRAGON, Jani will focus his efforts on the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion.
Jose Maria Lopez, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge of Formula E in season four with DRAGON. I have good experience from season three, and I’m confident that we can achieve strong results as the season progresses.”

Jay Penske, Team Principal and Team Owner at DRAGON, said: “Jose is a world champion racer who has consistently performed at the highest level in each formula in which he has competed. I’m confident that his season three experience and collaboration with Jerome will be a winning formula for the DRAGON organisation.”