A lot of people had tipped Brendon Hartley for the second seat at Porsche in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, but that won’t happen.
Andre Lotterer was announced as a teammate to Neel Jani, but we are still going to see Hartley in the 2019/20 Formula E.
The young New Zealander has signed a deal with GEOX Dragon, alongside a still unnamed driver.
It’s quite interesting to see Hartley signing with them now, which could indicate that the calender clashes between the FIA World Endurance Championship, where he is under contract with Toyota Gazoo Racing, and Formula E have been solved. There were three clashes, but one of them was solved last week, when the FIA WEC announced that they would move the Spa Francorchamps round, which otherwise would have clashed with the Seoul Formula E round.
Now we are just waiting for Sebring/China and the Bahrain/TBC clashes to be solved, so all the drivers have the opportunity to race in both series, which would be the most sensible solution.
Brendon Hartley has been Porsche works drivers for quite a few seasons now, but it’s still not clear if he will continue to be that, or if that contract has been terminated, since he will end up being an opposition to Porsche, with the GEOX Dragon outfit.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 starts on 22 November 2019.