Jaguar has announced that it has parted ways with Nelson Piquet Jr, and has confirmed Alex Lynn will stand in as his replacement for the rest of the season.
Lynn has one full season of experience in Formula E under his belt, having completed the 2017/18 season with DS Virgin Racing. He had made his debut for the same team one season before, taking a surprise pole position at his first qualifying session in New York.
Piquet, the season one Formula E champion, has never missed a race in the series' history. However, he has struggled this year with Jaguar, scoring just a single point at the opening round of the year.
“Following discussions after Sanya, Nelson and ourselves have reflected on the position of the team. Regrettably, it has been agreed that he will leave Panasonic Jaguar Racing and take up other opportunities he has been offered," said team director James Barclay.
"We made a big step forward when Nelson joined us in season 4, and he achieved some strong results for the team, but recent results have not met his or the team’s expectations.
"We want to take this opportunity to thank Nelson for all the hard work he has put in since joining us ahead of season 4; he has contributed a significant amount into the development of the car and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Piquet says his primary focus will switch to the Brazilian Stock Car series, with his season getting underway in just over a week.
“I have enjoyed working with Panasonic Jaguar Racing over the past season and a half but results in season 5 have not met the collective expectations of myself and the team," Piquet stated.
"I begin my Stock Car Brazil season in a week and a half and that will be my focus in 2019. I am still very passionate about Formula E having been involved since the start and winning the inaugural championship. I wish Jaguar Racing the very best for the rest of the season.”