The calendar of the WEC and Formula E only collide on one occasion this season, but the coincidence of the 6 Hours of Nürburgring and the ePrix of New York is being a headache for riders who compete in both contests. A total of seven pilots must decide between the fourth round of the World Endurance and the double date of the event electric of the FIA. In this aspect, the contracts with the various brands present in both contests have marked the path of the one and the other riders. In a clear homage to the well-known film, you Nürburgring and I to New York.
Toyota Gazoo Racing has been inflexible and he wants to have with all its troops at the Nürburgring, so the class LMP1 will not have changes of pilots in the German event. José Maria ‘Pechito’ López will compete in the Toyota #7 and Sébastien Buemi will in the Toyota #8, although DS Virgin and Renault have intervened to try to count with their drivers in the Formula E, but without success. In key power, Sébastien Buemi will be replaced at Renault and.Dams by Pierre Gasly, while Alex Lynn to fill the gap of ‘Pechito’ López in DS Virgin, even though that means that Lynn is out of the Nürburgring.
In principle these two are the only changes riders will live the Formula And in New York, because the four drivers remaining to compete in both categories have been chosen to give priority to the Formula E with respect to the WEC. The case that is most surprising is the Sam Bird. The british driver will compete with DS Virgin after receiving permission from Ferrari to not get in the Ferrari #71 of the class LMGTE-Pro. Despite being an official driver, the brand of Maranello has given the nod to his absence, and Toni Vilander will compete with Davide Rigon at the Nürburgring.
In LMP2 is where there are more changes. Nelson Piquet Jr. and Nico Prost will compete with NextEV NIO and Renault and.Dams in New York, leaving two vacancies in the team Rebellion Racing in the WEC. The structure of switzerland will be with Pipo Derani to occupy one of these two seats, while the other vacancy still remains unfilled. The hole that Alex Lynn left the G-Drive Racing to supply ‘Pechito’ at the moment has not been covered after rejecting the option of Laurens Vanthoor. Finally, Manor and Jean-Eric Vergne have not been pronounced, although it seems that the French will be in New York.