By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer
FIA Formula E Championship veteran Stephane Sarrazin will be back in the paddock when the series heads to Berlin on May 19.
MS&AD Andretti Formula E announced Monday that Sarrazin will replace rookie Tom Blomqvist for the remainder of Season Four, piloting the team’s No. No. 27 MS&AD Andretti ATEC-03.
Blomqvist will shift his focus to the BMW GTE Program in the World Endurance Championship, where he competes as a BMW Works driver. The Englishman ends his season after seven-consecutive finishes outside of the points, with his four championship points all stemming from an eighth-place run in his debut at Marrakesh.
“First off – we are very thankful for the effort and time that Tom Blomqvist put in this season,” Andretti Formula E CEO Michael Andretti said in a team release. “Stéphane Sarrazin brings with him a wealth of experience in Formula E. He is one of the smartest, most well-versed drivers in motorsports and we are excited for him to bring his knowledge to the MS&AD Andretti team.
“We will make a strong push and hopefully finish the season on a high note at the last four races.”
Sarrazin is one of Formula E’s most experienced drivers, having competed full time in each of the tour’s first three seasons. The 42-year-old has 33 career starts in the all-electric series, with 20 top 10s and three podiums.
The Frenchman has also competed in Formula One, WEC, WRC and other tours in his lengthy career.
“I am really happy to be joining the MS&AD Andretti team,” Sarrazin said. “After three seasons and a fantastic experience, it’s great to be back in Formula E. I will give my best to the team and try to score as many points as possible in the last four races of the season.”
Sarrazin will be joined by Antonia Felix da Costa to complete Andretti’s lineup for the final four races of Season Four.