JOTA Sport has been forced to change their driver line-up, for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season, just one week before the start of the season.
Pastor Maldonado has sadly dropped out of the LMP2 seat in the #38 car. He came with this short statement today:
First I want to thanks all of you for the amazing support that you give me every day.
I want to inform that officially I’ll not participate this season together with my teammates Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson in Jota Sport at FIA WEC due to not reaching a balance agreement between the parties. I take the opportunity to wish the best of luck to my ex-teammates for this championship 2019-2020.
I’ll give you news about my future soon.”
Maldonado drove together with Gonzalez and Davidson through most of the 2018/19 season at DragonSpeed in similar ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 machinery, and it was announced that the whole driving crew would move over to JOTA Sport for the 2019/20, after DragonSpeed opted to leave FIA WEC LMP2 for now.
The team hasn’t officially revealed his replacement just yet.
The first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 starts Friday next week, with two practice sessions, another one plus qualifying on Saturday, with the 4-hour race being run on Sunday afternoon local time.
Update – the replacement driver will be Antonio Felix da Costa, which was last seen race in GTE Pro for BMW Team MTEK last season.