DTM Champion Rene Rast replaces Abt at Audi

Two-time DTM champ, Rene Rast will compete the final six rounds of the 2019/20 Formula E season in Berlin. 

Rast is replacing Daniel Abt who was fired from the team after he brought in a stand in to race for him in the Formula E Race at Home charity esports race last month.

He has been an Audi driver since 2009 and won the 2017 and 2019 DTM championships very convincingly. He was close in 2018 as well despite a monster crash early in the season.

Rast has a small amount of Formula E experience having previously raced for Aguri in the 2015/16 season. He out qualified his teammate but in the race, he was 6 laps down after being rammed in the rear by an out of control Bruno Senna.

He was replacing Antonio Felix Da Costa and it was his first time in single seaters since Formula BMW in 2004.

Rene Rast in the Gulf liveryed Aguri in his cameo appearance in 2016 © FIA Formula E

To gain more experience in the machinery, he will be testing the Audi car at the Lausitzring at the start of July alongside Lucas Di Grassi.

“The demands on the drivers in Formula E are high: In addition to pure speed, it’s also a question of efficiency, battery management and the perfect strategy – and all of this on tight city circuits, where things are usually quite turbulent. But, with the testing at the beginning of July and my experience in the simulator, I’ll will try to be as well prepared as possible when I arrive in Berlin,” said Rast.

“And with six races in nine days, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn quickly …”

The 2019/20 Formula E season will get going once again on August 5th after a six month gap since the Marrakesh E-Prix in February.

There will be three double headers on three track layouts around the Berlin Tempelhof airfield over the space of nine days to bring the season to the storming festival close it deserves.

2019 Berlin E-prix
Lucas Di Grassi racing at Berlin in the 2018/19 season © FIA Formula E