China Racing have confirmed that Ho Pin Tung will be replaced by Antonio Garcia for the Putrajaya ePrix as the Chinese driver have commitments to the Asian Le Mans series on November 22.
Antonio Garcia has been part of China Racing’s testing programme and has been officially announced as the team reserve driver if their lead drivers are unable to make a ePrix due to other racing commitments.
Ho Pin Tung will be racing at the Buriram International circuit in Thailand on November 23. Tung currently sits joint top of the standings after two races.
We also expect a number of driver changes for the Putrajaya eprix as Daniel Abt has GP2 commitments in Abu Dhabi on November 22, also Sebastian Buemi is the reserve driver for Red Bull for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as well as Charles Pic being the Lotus F1 teams reserve driver.
This means there needs to be an agreement between each team to see if Pic and Buemi will be allowed to race in Putrajaya.
The number of drivers changes that may be in order for the second round in Malaysia could also be seen as detrimental for the sport in its inaugural year, as drivers may choose other racing disciplines over Formula E.