Sarrazin to replace Gutierrez at Techeetah

by Scott Douglas

Stephane Sarrazin will drive for Techeetah for the rest of the season after he was chosen to replace Esteban Gutierrez.

The move comes after Gutierrez accepted an offer to drive for Dale Coyne Racing in Indycar as a replacement for the injured Sebastien Bourdais.

Both the Mexican and Coyne have made it clear that they want their partnership to continue for the rest of the season, meaning that Techeetah needed to find a new driver.

And they opted for the experience of Sarrazin, who will be released from his contract at Venturi.

Venturi have appointed Tom Dillmann to replace Sarrazin, who made his debut for the team last time out at the Paris ePrix.

For Sarrazin it will be the first time he has not competed in a Venturi, having been with the team since season one of the championship.

Although this season has been disappointing for the Frenchman so far, with just two points from the first half of the season, his experience in the series should benefit Techeetah as they look to start scoring solid points with what is a competitive package.

Speaking about the move, Venturi team owner Gildo Pastor said it was “a positive solution for all those involved.”

He added, “With his experience, Stephane will be embraced by Techeetah and at the same time, the season will offer Tom the chance of gathering further important experiences, with Venturi.”

In Dillmann though the Monegasque team have a driver who has already proven himself in their car following an impressive debut in Paris.

Having been drafted to fill in for Maro Engel, the Formula V8 3.5 champion was immediately on the pace, and finished an impressive eighth.

He’ll now have a chance to prove himself alongside Engel for the rest of the season.

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