The Michael Andretti-led outfit will continue to use a BMW drivetrain next season and has confirmed that Jake Dennis - twice a race winner in his rookie season including at his home E-Prix in London last time out - will return to pilot the No. 27 car for the team in 2021/22.
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“As a founding team of Formula E, we’re as committed as ever to the series, and everything it stands for. Our participation in Formula E supports our goal of offering exciting racing, in all of its forms, to fans,” says Andretti Formula E head Michael Andretti.
“Season 8 will look different for us as we return to being an independent team but announcing Jake’s signing will provide strong continuity and is just the first step in building out a new and exciting direction. We’re thrilled to welcome back a great deal of the staff and crew, while giving our global fans a place to call home. We look forward to many more seasons of wheel-to-wheel racing and a future of electric mobility.”
“I’m just super excited, and honored really, to be staying with Andretti for Season 8 of Formula E,” said Dennis. “It was my goal to obviously always stay with the team, and I think they had the same intentions after such a strong year. I’m looking forward to investing further on with them into the future and hopefully many great results will come our way.”
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Since Formula E's inaugural campaign, Andretti-run teams have secured seven pole positions, 15 podiums and seven race wins. The stable has fielded an array of talented drivers including Scott Speed, Marco Andretti, Simona de Silvestro, Antonio Felix da Costa, Maximillian Guenther, Robin Frijns and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Andretti and BMW will continue to collaborate in Season 8 with the squad using BMW’s drivetrain while building towards its longer-term manufacturer and partnership infrastructure in preparation for Formula E’s Gen3 era.
ANNOUNCEMENT‼️Super happy to say that I’ll be staying in FE with @andrettiautosport next season! We can be proud of what we’ve achieved so far by sitting joint 3rd in the championship, breaking the record of most wins as a rookie & most laps led of anyone so far this season! pic.twitter.com/uzSE6qV3vm— Jake Dennis (@JakeDennis19) August 13, 2021
A signing that bodes well for success
“Jake has shown in his rookie season he already has what is necessary to win in Formula E and his knowledge of both the BMW powertrain and associated systems along with the Andretti team operations means that this continued relationship should bode well for success in the coming season. Two wins in your Rookie season is impressive by anyone’s standards!” added Team Principal Roger Griffiths.
The 26-year-old caught the eye of the outfit's management during an intensive selection process encompassing a number of test sessions in the BMW iFE.20 and in BMW Motorsport's simulator.
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Dennis had contested the DTM in 2019 and secured Aston Martin's best result of the season. In the same year, he stormed to pole position in the famed Bathurst 12 Hours endurance race and finished second.
From 2018, he has fulfilled a test and development role with Formula 1 team Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and both driver and new team feel his utility and versatility, having sampled multiple disciplines in his career to-date, will stand him in good stead for the leap into Formula E.