Jaime Alguersuari has confirmed that he will take no part in the second FIA Formula E season as he awaits a diagnosis following a faint earlier this year.
Alguersuari pulled out of the final round of the inaugural Formula E season in London on medical grounds after fainting in the aftermath of the Moscow ePrix, resulting in the suspension of his race license.
The ex-F1 driver had competed in every race up to that point with Virgin Racing, recording four points finishes. He would ultimately end the season 13th in the final drivers’ standings.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Alguersuari confirmed that he was still awaiting a final diagnosis for his faint, and as this had not been resolved, he would not be taking any part in the second Formula E season.
“As you well know, last June I suffered a fainting episode after the Moscow ePrix,” Alguersuari said. “As a consequence of this faint, my license to race was temporarily suspended because the FIA commission wanted to delve into medical research.
“During the month of July, I underwent several tests for which there has not been a medical resolution and I am still waiting for the final diagnosis.
“For this reason I need to announce that, unfortunately, I will not be able to take part in the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2015/16 season with my team DS Virgin Racing.
“I want to wish good luck to the team in the new championship and thank everyone for their support.
“In September I will announce my future plans. Until then, happy summer to all!”
Alguersuari has become the second driver this week to confirm that he will not be returning to Formula E for season two. Karun Chandhok is turning his attention to sportscars after a difficult first season in the electric-powered series.
Virgin replaced Alguersuari with 2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer in London, and the Swiss driver may be a possible option for the start of season two in Beijing this October.