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Di Grassi to remain with ABT for third Formula E season

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BERLIN, Germany – Lucas di Grassi will remain with ABT Schaeffler Audi in Formula E next season after agreeing a new deal with the German team.

The current championship leader had been linked with a move to the incoming Jaguar operation for season three, but will extend his stint with ABT into a third campaign.

“I will stay with ABT,” di Grassi confirmed to NBC Sports in Berlin ahead of this weekend’s ePrix.

“There were some discussions before on how we continue together and how we could improve our development, improve the team, this and that.

“We reached an agreement, a very good agreement that I’m very happy with. I think we will improve as a team, I will improve as a driver, we have a very good package together.

“We are working very well now. There is no reason in season three to move teams.”

Di Grassi said that the deal was “100% done” before the team duly announced that he would be staying at ABT on Twitter.

Di Grassi confirmed that he has signed a one-year deal with the option of extending it depending on how season three goes.

“Let’s say we start with season three and depending on how season three goes, the involvement with manufacturers, how the championship shapes up, we have an option for a longer term partnership,” di Grassi said.

“But first we need to see how Formula E evolves as a championship, how ABT evolves as a team and how good our results are in season three.”

ABT also confirmed that Daniel Abt will be sticking with the team for next season also, confirming an unchanged line-up.

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.