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Dillmann to replace Mortara in New York

Tom Dillmann will drive for Venturi at the New York City ePrix season-finale double-header in place of Edoardo Mortara, according to the FIA entry list.

However, the entry list also states that this is subject to the stewards’ decision as it is within the final three races of the season.

Article 19.1 of Formula E’s sporting regulations state: “During the season, each team will be permitted two driver changes by race number. Any change of driver must be announced two weeks prior to the event. It will not be possible to change a driver during the last three races of the season, except in the case of e-licence suspension.”

Dillmann replaced Mortara for the Berlin ePrix when there was a clash with DTM at the Lausitzring. 

Mortara drives for Mercedes/HWA in DTM and is currently second in the championship, six points behind HWA team-mate Gary Paffett.

Mercedes boss Ulrich Fritz said earlier in the season, when Dillmann again replaced Mortara due to a DTM/Formula E clash, that DTM was the Swiss driver’s priority – although there was scope for Mortara to race in New York if he was not in a promising position.

Since Mortara is in a position to fight for the title in DTM, he will prioritise that over the New York races.

Dillmann has been drafted in again for Venturi after he replaced Mortara for the Berlin ePrix.

The Frenchman completed seven races with Venturi in Season 3 of Formula E, scoring a best result of seventh. On his return to Formula E at the Berlin ePrix, Dillmann finished 13th after starting 12th on the grid.

Jack Amey

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