Dragon Racing has confirmed that it will become a manufacturer and develop its own powertrain for the third FIA Formula E season, starting in the fall of 2016.
Dragon is currently the only team on the grid that is a customer to an existing manufacturer, enjoying a powertrain supply from the Venturi team.
For the second Formula E season, powertrain development was opened up and extended to the teams after all had used the same unit supplied by the series for its inaugural campaign.
Dragon has enjoyed a strong start to season two with the Venturi powertrain, but team boss and IndyCar driver Oriol Servia confirmed in Punta del Este that the team will develop its own for the 2016-2017 campaign.
“We just want to have full control of the car,” Servia said.
“At the moment we have been relying on Venturi, who have been great, but we want to be able to put our own package together and beat the rest.
“I’m happy with the drivers and with the changes that we made over the summer, with some hiring on the engineering side. If we keep running as we have been, we will get our chance.”
Jerome d’Ambrosio claimed the team’s first Formula E pole on Saturday in Punta del Este, locking out the front row of the grid alongside teammate Loic Duval.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.
Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”
Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.
Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.