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Andretti to continue with BMW powertrain after manufacturer departure

Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), Diriyah E-Prix – Credit: Courtesy of Formula E

The Andretti Formula E team has announced it will stick with a BMW power unit for the 2021-22 season after the German manufacturer officially quit the championship.

In December, BMW announced that they would be exiting Formula E. They have won four races but have “essentially exhausted their options” in the series, a statement said. As expected, Andretti has now struck a deal to allow them to continue with the BMW power unit for the remainder of the season, although it is not expected to receive any ongoing software upgrades.

Team owner Michael Andretti said: “We’re really pleased to continue competition with BMW Motorsport as a privateer team next season. As a works team, BMW i Andretti Motorsport has enjoyed shared success and we look forward to building on that as we continue on with Andretti Formula E.”

Drivers Maximilian Gunther and Jake Dennis are both signed to BMW, not Andretti. That could lead to big changes in the Formula E driver market. Team principal, Roger Griffiths, announced that they are very interested to sign Lucas di Grassi (Audi) for next year (Audi is exiting Formula E, after all).

He added: “At this point, there are no preconceived ideas about who we would have in the team. It’s all well and good having conversations with some of the stars in this paddock, but ultimately, you’ve got to be able to pay for it.”

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