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