Paf­fett to make For­mula E de­but with new HWA team in 2018/19

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Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paf­fett has been an­nounced as the first driver to join HWA’S new For­mula E en­try ahead of the 2018/19 cham­pi­onship.

The HWA en­try – which will be taken over by Mercedes in 2019/20 – will have HWA CEO and Mercedes DTM boss Ul­rich Fritz as team prin­ci­pal. Lu­cas di Grassi’s for­mer en­gi­neer at Abt Audi, Franco Chioc­chetti, will take on the role of head of For­mula E op­er­a­tions for the team’s en­try.

Paf­fett has com­peted in DTM since 2003, win­ning the ti­tle in ’05 and fin­ished run­ner-up four times. He sits sec­ond in this year’s stand­ings.

“This is ba­si­cally the first time for 15 years that I will have switched se­ries and cars,” said Paf­fett, who drove for Ven­turi at the in­au­gu­ral FE rookie test in Mar­rakech in Jan­uary.

“It will be a ma­jor chal­lenge – for me, and for the team. Most of them – like me – are mov­ing over from the DTM. As such, we have a lot to learn. It will cer­tainly not be easy at first, but we are ready and are all look­ing for­ward to it.

“For­mula E is a very promis­ing se­ries with great prospects. It is great to be a part of it.”

Paf­fett is fight­ing for the DTM ti­tle with Mercedes

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