Jake Dennis has been confirmed to be second BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver alongside Maximilian Günther in Season 7 of FIA Formula E World Championship.
Dennis won over those making the decision in an intensive selection process and through his performances during test drives in the BMW iFE.20 as well as in the BMW Motorsport simulator. The 25-year-old succeeds Alexander Sims (GBR) alongside Günther.
Welcome Jake Dennis, to the BMW family and as a new member of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team – said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. I’m delighted that we were able to recruit a young, talented, versatile driver like him for our Formula E project. His performances in the BMW Motorsport simulator and during test drives in the BMW iFE.20 were impressive which is why we decided to offer him the cockpit alongside Maximilian Günther. Jake made a name for himself through his appearances in the DTM and with his podium finish in the Bathurst 12 Hours, among other things. He is also a simulator and development driver for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in Formula 1. But our decision wasn’t based solely on whether someone has raced in the DTM or Formula 1. To be successful in Formula E with all its unique challenges, a driver must meet some very special criteria. We considered all of those and tested our candidates thoroughly with these in mind. At the end it was clear to us that Jake Dennis brings the perfect full package that we desire from a driver in Formula E.
Dennis contested the DTM for R-Motorsport Aston Martin in 2019 and, with a sixth place, got the best result of the season for an Aston Martin driver. In the same year, he secured pole position in the Bathurst 12 Hours (AUS) and finished in P2 in the race to make it onto the podium. He completed test drives for the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team in 2018, where he is regularly employed as a simulator and development driver. With appearances and successes in Formula 1, the DTM, GT racing and single-seater racing, he has been demonstrating his great versatility for many years now.
I’m really looking forward to the new challenge that awaits me in Formula E, and would like to thank all those in charge at BMW i Andretti Motorsport for their trust – said Dennis. I’m aware that I will be confronted with unique requirements in Formula E, which I will need to get used to first, but versatility has always been one of my strengths, and I am confident that, with the help of the team and my fellow driver Maximilian Günther, I will quickly get my bearings. Formula E is one of those race series that, as a racing driver, you really want to be involved in at the moment because the level of manufacturers, teams and drivers is higher there than anywhere else. I can’t wait to be starting a Formula E race in the BMW iFE.21 for the very first time.
Jake Dennis in profile
Date of birth: 16th June 1995
Place of birth: Nuneaton (GBR)
2020: Blancpain Endurance Series
2019: DTM, 2nd place Bathurst 12 Hour
2018-2020: Aston Martin Red Bull Racing simulator and development driver
2018: Formula 1 test drives for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
2016: 4th place GP3
2015: 3rd place FIA Formula 3 European Championship
2013: 4th place Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
2012: 1st place Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner
Source: BMWi Motorsport
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