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Virgin splits from DS Automobiles

Virgin Racing has split from DS Automobiles after three seasons with the car manufacturer.

The team confirmed in a statement it will enter the fifth Formula E season as an independent team, but is yet to announce what powertrains it will run.

“From the outset, it was always our intention to collaborate with an OEM as Virgin’s core business areas don’t involve the production of automobiles.

“Preparation for season five are well underway and we will shortly be announcing these exciting plans for next season and beyond, including our powertrain provider.

“Until then, we wish to thank everyone at DS Automobiles for their hard work and we look forward to seeing them – and all the current Formula E teams – on the start grid for the opening race in Riyadh.”

DS is expected to continue in FE next season, likely partnering with Techeetah, who ran DS Development drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer last season.

Bethonie Waring

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