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McLaren announce first driver for brand new System E crew · RaceFans


McLaren have introduced three-times DTM champion Rene Rast as the primary driver they’ve signed for his or her new System E crew.

The British outfit, most well-known for his or her System 1 achievements but in addition presently competing in IndyCar and Excessive E, will be a part of the FE grid initially of its Gen3 period subsequent yr.

Rast already has FE expertise, having made his debut with Workforce Aguri within the 2016 Berlin E-Prix after which racing for Audi works crew Abt within the collection by 2020 and ‘21. From his 22 FE begins he has two podiums and a highest qualifying place of third place.

His DTM success earlier than that additionally got here with Audi, and previous to that he received for the marque in GT sportscars. Every week earlier than being revealed as a McLaren driver Rast introduced he would depart the Audi model on the finish of 2022, and he was named as a BMW manufacturing facility driver for 2023 shortly earlier than his FE drive was confirmed.

“As a racing fan, McLaren has at all times had large enchantment,” stated Rast. “It’s an iconic title in motorsport with a wealthy historical past, so I really feel privileged and proud to have the ability to symbolize McLaren in FE subsequent season.

“I’ve carried out a season in FE earlier than, it was a terrific expertise, and I felt after that yr I wasn’t carried out but. I’m excited that I’m now getting the chance to proceed that journey. I’m extraordinarily motivated and have little question we’ll create one thing nice collectively. I can’t wait to get began!”

Different highlights of Rast’s profession embody three Porsche Supercup titles on the F1 assist invoice, World Endurance Championship wins, victory within the Daytona 24 Hours’ GTD class, touring automobile and GT titles in his dwelling nation of Germany and second place within the 2016 Intercontinental GT Problem.

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The id of his McLaren crew mate is but to be decided, because the crew’s IndyCar contract saga may affect whether or not one in every of its drivers signed there strikes throughout to FE for 2023.

Nissan has additionally introduced its line-up for the 2022-23 season. The crew has parted methods with Sebastien Buemi and Maximilian Gunther, and signed Jaguar’s reserve and check drivers Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz.

Fenestra will get his first full season at Nissan

Nato received as a rookie with Venturi within the 2020-21 season however misplaced his drive, and since then has been profitable in WEC in addition to offering his companies to Jaguar. Fenestraz, in the meantime, is presently main Japan’s Tremendous GT championship and is second within the standings in its top-level single-seater collection Tremendous System. He made his FE debut within the 2021-22 season finale in Seoul as a stand-in at Dragon-Penske for Antonio Giovinazzi.

“I’m very pleased to be making my comeback as a full-time driver in FE with Nissan,” stated Nato. “The Gen3 period can be a brand new chapter for the championship, and I’m excited to arrange for testing and drive the automobile.

Fenestraz, who made his System E debut on the ultimate race in Seoul as an alternative choice to the injured Antonio Giovinazzi, stated his full-time debut was “a dream come true.”

“It is going to be an enormous step ahead in my profession, to maneuver up right into a world championship for the primary time and to be competing at such a excessive degree in opposition to among the greatest drivers on the earth. It’s going to be a unique problem for me as it is going to be my first season in an all-electric automobile.”

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