While the all-electric Formula E racing series heads to one of the most vibrant cities in the world, two of its stars will be left behind.
Formula E takes over the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in New York City this weekend, but championship leader, and reigning champion, Sebastien Buemi, as well as Jose Maria Lopez, will be racing for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of Nurburgring.
Buemi currently has a 32-point advantage in the standings over rival Lucas Di Grassi after a dominant season that has seen him win six of the eight championship rounds. Lopez is sitting seventh in the driver points, but with 58 points on offer this weekend in New York, both could see their championship positioning slip away.
Red Bull Junior driver—and current GP2 champion—Pierre Gasly will be filling the vacant Renault e.dams seat left by Buemi. Gasly has yet to drive the Renault Z.E 16 machine, but the team is confident he will be able to deliver.
DS Virgin Racing has tapped reserve driver Alex Lynn to take over driving duties for Jose Maria Lopez while the Argentinian is fulfilling his WEC commitments in Germany.
Lopez’ DS Virgin Racing teammate Sam Bird also usually competes in the World Endurance Championship, but will be racing in New York as opposed to at the Nurburgring with the AF Corse Ferrari No. 71 team.
Bird’s usual co-driver, Davide Rigon, will be joined by the fast Finn, Toni Vilander for the race weekend.