One of the worst kept secrets in the Formula E driver market has been confirmed, Pascal Wehrlein has moved to Porsche.
Wehrlein, who drove for Mahindra in the opening five races of the season, parted ways from the team mid lockdown.
It was an immediate release from his contract as soon as the Race at Home esports Challenge had come to an end.
The discussion at the time was that he had asked to be released from his contract, which ran into 2021, so he could drive for Porsche.
Wehrlein said: “It is a great honour for me to represent Porsche in the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. I have always followed the brand’s unique motorsport history. I have huge respect for the legendary Porsche success story.
“Now, to line up as a works driver for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is a fantastic opportunity. I would like to thank everyone at Porsche for this amazing opportunity and for trusting in my skills. Now I am looking forward to getting to know the team and starting work in Weissach as quickly as possible.”
Wehrlein is replacing Neel Jani who has had a disappointing year in Formula E.
Up until the penultimate round he had not scored a point or qualified higher than 12th. Meanwhile the other side of the garage, Andre Lotterer, finished on the podium in the first race and scored a pole position in Mexico.
Jani did appear to gel with the car on the final Berlin layout qualifying fourth and eighth and finishing sixth in the first of those races to score his only points of the season.
Jani will stay in the Porsche stable and will compete in future Porsche projects however.
Wehrlein leaving Mahindra meant that they called up Alex Lynn to replace him for the Berlin rounds and he was able to score more points in those six races than Wehrlein did in the first five.
Head of Porsche Motorsport, Fritz Endzinger said: “We are delighted to welcome Pascal to the Porsche family. He has gained a lot of experience in different race series at his young age, where he has always sparkled.
“We would also like to thank Neel Jani for his outstanding commitment. He played a significant part in the development of our Formula E project and thereby contributed greatly to the successes of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team this past season. Neel will stay with Porsche. We will see him in action in future motorsport projects again very soon which I’m very pleased about.
“With Pascal and André we will have two experienced, top-class Formula E drivers in the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, who have everything it takes to celebrate further success.”