Team roster confirmed for second Formula E season

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The FIA has announced the team roster for the second season of the Formula E championship ahead of pre-season testing in August.

As expected, the same ten teams that took part in the 2014-2015 season are signed up for 2015-2016.

Also as expected, there are a couple of subtle name changes following the signing of new partnership agreements and the end of others.

As announced over the London ePrix weekend, Virgin Racing will now be known as DS Virgin Racing after announcing a partnership with French firm DS Automobiles.

Audi Sport ABT will now be known as ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport after signing an agreement with German technology firm Schaeffler.

Finally, Amlin Aguri has been listed on the entry list as “Team Aguri”. According to a report from motorsport.com last week, insurance firm Amlin and the Aguri team went to court ahead of the London ePrix regarding a possible split, which now appears to have occurred.

When asked for comment by MotorSportsTalk about the case, Amlin Aguri team principal Mark Preston refused to comment.

However, MotorSportsTalk understands that Amlin is poised to switch to another team for season two, although this is not reflected in the entry list.

Otherwise, the status quo remains on the entry list. Here are the teams that will be racing in season two of the FIA Formula E championship.

2015-2016 FIA Formula E season entry list

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Andretti Formula E Team
Dragon Racing
DS Virgin Racing
e.dams-Renault
Mahindra Racing
NEXTEV TCR
Team Aguri
Trulli Formula E
Venturi Formula E

“After our successful inaugural season, it’s very positive for the championship to have ten teams registering for season two, several of which have backing from leading manufacturers,” series CEO Alejandro Agag said.

“This clearly shows the strength of the series and we’re already looking forward to getting preparations for next season underway.”

Testing for the second FIA Formula E season is set to take place at Donington Park in England next month ahead of the first race in September.

James Hinchcliffe on Andretti: ‘It’s certainly the place I want to be’

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Since before the start of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, James Hinchcliffe tirelessly has worked to ensure the future would include a full-time return in 2021.

And with an opportunity to run the final three races this season with Andretti Autosport, there seems a surefire (albeit unlikely) path.

“If I go out and win all three,” Hinchcliffe joked with IndyCar on NBC announcer Leigh Diffey in an interview Friday (watch the video above), “it would be hard for them to say no, right?”

Regardless of whether he can go unbeaten at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course next weekend or the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida (where he earned his first career win in 2013), Hinchcliffe will have the chance to improve his stock with the team that he knows well and now has an opening among its five cars for 2021.

All three of Hinchcliffe’s starts this season — the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, July 4 at the IMS road course and the Indianapolis 500 — were with Andretti, where he ran full time in IndyCar from 2012-14.

“Obviously, the plan from January 2020 was already working on ’21 and trying to be in a full-time program,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed being reunited with Andretti Autosport, and everybody there has been so supportive. It’s been a very fun year for me on track. It’s been kind of a breath of fresh air in a lot of ways.

“It’s certainly the place I want to be moving forward. We’ve been working on that, working on those conversations. Genesys has been an incredible partner in my three races. We’ll be representing Gainbridge primarily, but Genesys will still have a position on our car in the last three.”

Gainbridge is the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Dallara-Honda that was vacated by Zach Veach, who left the team after it was determined he wouldn’t return in 2021. Hinchcliffe can empathize having lost his ride with Arrow McLaren SP after last season with a year left on his deal.

“You never want to earn a ride at the expense of somebody else in the sense that has happened here with Zach,” Hinchcliffe said. “I feel bad that he’s not able to see out the last three races of his season. I’ve got a lot of respect for him off track. He’s been a teammate this year, a colleague for years before that and honestly a friend for years before that. I’ve got a lot of time for him and his family. I understand a little bit of what it’s like in that position and what he’s going through.”

Hinchcliffe is ready to seize the moment, though, starting with the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had been hoping to add the Harvest Indy Grand Prix to his schedule and had been working out for the possibility.

“Then last week I had given up hope (and) was resigned that wasn’t happening,” he said. “I told my trainer, ‘I think we’re done for this year.’ Three days later, this call comes. I’m glad we didn’t make that decision too early. I feel great physically.

“I look at it as a great opportunity to continue to show I’ve still got what it takes and should be there hopefully full time next year on the grid.”

Watch Hinchliffe’s video with Leigh Diffey above or by clicking here.