The commitment to electric and hybrid mobility of the Stellantis Group in competition is palpable. DS and Maserati will compete in the ‘Gen3’ era of Formula E, while Peugeot is in the midst of the countdown to make his Peugeot 9X8 debut in the premier class of the WEC. Independent projects, but between which there will be synergies at different levels. At this point, all parties involved see it as something positive that any of the pilots of the Stellantis Group may have a double program and compete in endurance with Peugeot and also in Formula E.
The clearest example is the dual role of Jean-Eric Vergne. The Frenchman is an official Peugeot driver in the WEC, but he also competes for DS Techeetah in Formula E. A situation that arises from the different deadlines of both programs, but far from breaking at the end of this season, it will continue. Vergne will continue to defend Peugeot’s interests in the WEC in 2023, as well as racing for DS in Formula Ealthough the brand is going to break its link with Techeetah to compete with Dragon Penske.
In this point, Jean-Marc Finot has opened the door for one of the two Maserati drivers in Formula E to also have a double program and thus occupy the vacant place after the departure of Kevin Magnussen to Formula 1. Although James Rossiter as test driver for Peugeot Sport will take the Dane’s place in Monza -and probably in Fuji-, the Stellantis Group is considering taking one of the Maserati drivers to the Peugeot project in the WEC, thus tracing Vergne’s double program.
Yes indeed, Jean-Marc Finot has made it clear that there is only the possibility of having a driver with a double program per brandso in no case will the two DS or Maseraeti drivers have a place in the Peugeot Sport project in the WEC. This closes the doors to Stoffel Vandoornesince the Belgian is the strongest candidate to team up with Jean-Eric Vergne in the new DS project with Dragon Penske. And, in turn, it seems that they can be opened wide to the Swiss Edo Mortara.
Mortara is a Venturi pilot and everything seems to be aimed at continuing to be part of the team once the structure and Maserati join forces to compete in the ‘Gen3’ era of Formula E. There are more doubts about the possible continuity of Lucas Di Grassi, so Edo starts with an advantage in the face of a possible link with Peugeot. With everything, Peugeot handles different options ranging from the Formula E route to promoting James Rossiter, even going through the hiring of a pilot not linked to the Stellantis Group until now.
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