Following the news that Franck Montagny is unlikely to return to the Andretti Formula E team Renault-Spark, the fourth round of the Formula E championship will see Marco Andretti take to the wheel alongside the returning Jean-Éric Vergne.
The move sees the Andretti family influence grow, with Marco’s father Michael Andretti leading the team. Notably, the driver will be the only American on the grid for the Buenos Aires ePrix.
The nine year IndyCar veteran will have limited time to adapt to the fully-electric car, with the first practice session of the ePrix his first chance to get to grips with the unique car.
“I’ve been looking forward to the chance to get behind the wheel of a Formula E car,” said Andretti. “Having never been in the car, it’s a bit of an unfamiliar situation for me but the team’s pace looks solid enough for a great result. I like unknown situations; I’m up for the task.”
The latest driver change, with Marco set to become the fifth racer this season for the team, raises questions about Charles Pic’s future with the team. The Frenchman has not raced in Formula E since the season opener in Beijing.
Andretti currently lie fifth in the standings with 33 points ahead of the Buenos Aires ePrix and will be hoping to continue the pace they showed in the last round, where they were cruelly denied two strong finishes for Vergne and Matty Brabham.