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Porsche's Neel Jani joins Formula E with Dragon Racing

Neel Jani
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Porsche works driver and Le Mans winner Neel Jani is heading to Formula E, joining Faraday Future Dragon Racing for the all-electric series' 2017/18 season.

Jani will partner Belgian Jerome D'Ambrosio who will remain with Jay Penske's squad for a third year.

"I am thrilled to join the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team in the next season of the FIA Formula E Championship," said Neel Jani.

"I’ve recently tested the PENSKE EV-2 powered by Faraday Future and look forward to building my knowledge and experience with the team and competing in the acclaimed electric racing series." 

Jani won Le Mans in 2016, alongside Porsche team mates Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, in a banner year which saw the Swiss driver also clinch the WEC title with the German manufacturer.

Porsche has pulled out of the world endurance championship and committed to Formula E from the 2019/20 season.

Jani's hiring by Dragon is perhaps a way for the manufacturer to collect practical information and prepare one of its works drivers before entering the burgeoning series.

He will make his race debut in Hong Kong on December 1-2. 

"As a team, we have set our target of winning races and competing for the championship in the coming season, and Neel was an essential component of that equation," said team boss Jay Penske.

"When you look at the best drivers in the world, from both a racing and car development perspective, Neel is at the top of the list. He’s an excellent fit within our programme."

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