Alguersuari elects to drop out of FE finale for security reasons; Leimer to replace

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Ex-Toro Rosso F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari has confirmed he won’t be taking part in this weekend’s FIA Formula E Championship finale at Battersea Park in London, after it was discovered he had fainted after the Moscow ePrix held earlier this month.

Alguersuari said in a note written on his Facebook page that while he felt good enough to participate, for both security reasons and for further medical research, he would need to rule himself out of competition.

Alguersuari wrote:

On June 6th, after the Moscow ePrix I suffered a faint as a result of dehydration and extreme exhaustion during the race.

As a consequence of this faint I had some medical tests done, with succesful results, and at the moment my license is temporarily suspended until the FIA makes sure that I’m fully able to carry on with my sporting career.

My health is safe and I’m in shape, and I’m absolutely convinced I can compete this weekend, but for security reasons we need to delve into medical research. For this reason, together with Virgin Racing, the FIA and the doctors we’ve decided not to take part in the London ePrix this weekend.

It’s a shame because it will be the last ePrix of the season and I wanted to race in front of our fans, but we must be respectful with the FIA’s procedures.

I want to wish all the luck to my team Virgin Racing in the last ePrix of the 2014/15 Formula E season.

The 2013 GP2 champion, Fabio Leimer, will replace Alguersuari at Virgin Racing alongside Sam Bird. Leimer will be the fourth driver making their FE debut in London this weekend, along with Simona de Silvestro (Andretti FE), Sakon Yamamoto (Amlin Aguri) and Oliver Turvey (NEXTEV TCR).

Alguersuari finishes the year with 30 points scored, and currently ranks 11th in the championship. His best finish was fourth at Buenos Aires earlier this year, and he also set the fastest race lap in Malaysia last fall, in a race teammate Bird won.