Gary Paffett will leave DTM for Formula E with HWA

Gary Paffett will leave DTM after the current season to join HWA Racelab in the 2018/19 season of Formula E.

“I am really excited about driving for HWA in the fifth season of Formula E,” said Paffett.

The Brit has raced for Mercedes in the DTM since 2003, claiming the title in 2005 and is currently placed second in the drivers’ championship.

“This is basically the first time for 15 years that I will have switched series and cars,” said Paffett.

“It will 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 will certainly not be easy at first, but we are ready and are all looking forward to it.”

Paffett’s departure follows Mercedes’ departure from the DTM after the current season as the German manufacturer will focus on Formula E after 30 years in the German championship.