Franck Montagny receives two-year ban from FIA after positive drug test

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Franck Montagny, who was in the news to kick off the 2015 calendar for a positive drug test of a cocaine derivative, has received a two-year ban from the FIA for his actions. The FIA confirmed Montagny tested positive for Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine registered under point S.6a of the 2014 WADA Prohibited List).

He hasn’t raced this year, and he last raced in the opening two FIA Formula E Championship races of its season last fall.

The FIA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (ADC) held a hearing on Montagny’s case in Paris on February 19, with the ruling coming down today.

The decision from the ADC is as follows:

The ADC has concluded that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation according to Article 2.1 of the 2014 FIA Anti-Doping Regulations – “Presence of Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a driver’s Sample” – has been established.

As a consequence, the ADC has decided to impose the following sanctions on Mr Franck MONTAGNY:

1. A disqualification of all competitive results obtained by Mr Franck MONTAGNY between 22 November 2014 and 23 December 2014, as well as the result obtained by Mr Franck MONTAGNY in the Putrajaya event of the FIA Formula E Championship, with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any trophies, points and prizes;

2. A sanction of ineligibility for a period of 2 (two) years, starting on 23 December 2014 (beginning of his Provisional Suspension) and expiring on 23 December 2016.

Montagny has 21 days with which to appeal the suspension. He had been provisionally suspended as of December 23.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.