Formula E: Audi Sport ABT confirms unchanged line-up for season two

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The Audi Sport ABT Formula E team has confirmed that it will run with an unchanged line-up for the second season of the FIA Formula E championship after extending the contracts of both Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.

Championship leader di Grassi confirmed ahead of the Monaco ePrix two weeks ago that he would be remaining with the team for the 2015-2016 season, but confirmation of its unchanged roster came on Thursday with the announcement of Daniel Abt’s contract extension.

Abt has made a solid start to life in Formula E, scoring one pole position and one podium finish so far this season. The German driver currently ranks 11th in the championship standings, and was delighted to announce that he would be remaining with the Audi-backed team for season two.

“Formula E is going through a fantastic stage of development that includes exciting races and many cool ideas off the track,” Abt said.

“I think this series has a great future. I’m delighted to still be on board, and want to grow together with Formula E. I’m obviously very proud that I can race in the future with the team that carries our family name.”

Audi Sport ABT boss Hans-Jurgen Abt was pleased to make the team’s intentions for season two public, and is confident that continuity will be beneficial.

“I’m pleased that our two drivers are fully committed to us and that we can look to the future together with our dream team,” Abt said. “Motorsport is a hectic business, which is why we aim for continuity in such important aspects like technology, partners and drivers to create the greatest possible cohesion and calm within the team.

“It’s great that we have achieved this, and now we can concentrate completely on the end of season run.”

The Formula E championship continues this weekend with the Berlin ePrix, taking place in the grounds of the disused Berlin Tempelhof airport.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.