Long-time DTM racer Gary Paffett will leave the series at the end of the year, moving with the HWA team to Formula E ahead of Mercedes-Benz’s official participation in the series in 2020.
Paffett has been a regular in the German touring car series since making his début in 2003, aside from a sabbatical season in 2006.
The Brit has clocked up 23 race wins during that time, and lifted the 2005 title. He is currently in contention for a second title this weekend, being just four points behind Mercedes stable-mate Paul di Resta.
It has now been confirmed that the 37-year-old will exit the series together with Mercedes at the end of the year, as he moves back to single-seater racing for the first time since 2003.
“I’m really excited about driving for HWA in the fifth season of Formula E,” said Paffett. “This is basically the first time for 15 years that I will have switched series and cars.
“It’ll be a major challenge – for me, and for the team. Most of them – like me – are moving over from the DTM. As such, we have a lot to learn.
“It’ll certainly not be easy at first, but we’re ready and are all looking forward to it. Formula E is a very promising series with great prospects. It’s great to be a part of it.
“I watched the race in Marrakech at the start of the year and was impressed by the atmosphere. It was totally different to the DTM and anything else I’ve seen before.
“We must adapt to this new format and adjust our approach to the race weekends accordingly. The standard of the drivers and teams is definitely very high.”