Formula E: Dillmann to replace Engel

Source: The Checkered Flag

French racing driver Tom Dillmann will replace Maro Engel at the 2017 Paris ePrix for the Venturi Formula E team.

Dillmann took part in the free practice session with Venturi at the Mexico City ePrix replacing Stephane Sarrazin.

The 28-year-old has competed in the Formula V8 3.5 series and the World Endurance Championship in 2016. Winning the Formula V8 3.5 series championship, scoring 10 podiums and winning two races.

Dillmann notably raced in GP2 in 2014 for the Arden International and EQ8 Caterham Racing team, but failed to establish himself. He later moved onto a selection of motorsport series including the Porsche Supercup and the Formula Renault 3.5 series.

He began his career in France, racing in the junior Renault Formulas before moving up the ranks and racing in a selection of European series’.

Venturi have struggled this season, they currently sit in last place in the Championship with 13 points. Their best result to date was a fifth place in Monaco from Maro Engel, the German outperformed the car to secure a brilliant finish.

Dillmann will make his race debut in Formula E, the Circuit des Invalides will provide a big challenge for the debutant. These 16-17 Formula E cars are tricky to master, as they need a driver capable of making the battery system last.

Venturi will hope that Dillmann’s vast racing experience will allow him to perform at the highest standard in qualifying and in the race.