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Blomqvist replaces Calado for season finale

Tom Blomqvist will replace James Calado for the final two races of the 2019-20 Formula E season, Jaguar Racing have confirmed.

Calado will miss the Berlin season finale due to commitments in the World Endurance Championship, which is set to race at Spa this weekend.

Blomqvist was announced as the team’s reserve driver ahead of the return to racing in Berlin, after the previous reserve, Alex Lynn, was signed into a race seat by Mahindra.

The confirmation Calado will miss the final two races of the season means yesterday’s P17 finish was his final race for the team, as he will be replaced by Sam Bird for the 2020-21 sesson.

“I would like to thank James for everything he has done for the team this year under incredibly difficult circumstances,” said team boss James Barclay. “He is such a professional driver and I would like to wish him well in Spa this week in his first for the World Endurance Championship.

“Tom has arrived in Berlin having supported the team over the last week back in the UK at our team base. He has a tough job ahead of him, but he is really up for the challenge. His previous Formula E experience and knowledge will stand him in good stead. The whole team look forward to seeing him on track on Wednesday and Thursday.”

Blomqvist last raced in FE in 2018, competing with Andretti for the 2017-18 Formula E season. He picked up a best finish of eighth in his FE debut at Marrakesh, before leaving the series with four rounds remaining to focus on his WEC commitments.

Since then, he has raced in the WeatherTech Sportscar championship in the USA.

“I am excited to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 4 for the last couple of races. It will be a new layout for those races and a fresh opportunity for everyone,” he said. “I am looking forward to making my return to Formula E and want to deliver my very best for Mitch and the team”

Image courtesy of Jaguar Racing

 

Bethonie Waring

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