Eng still hopes for Formula E future despite BMW snub

Rachit Thukral
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Eng, Lucas Auer and Marco Wittmann were some of the DTM drivers that had tested the BMW iFE.20 as the German marque evaluated a replacement for Alexander Sims following the Briton’s move to Mahindra Racing.

It had been suggested that BMW may hand the seat alongside Maximilian Gunther to one of its six DTM drivers at a time when its factory participation in the series was coming to an end.

But BMW announced late last month that it has signed R-Motorsport’s Jake Dennis for Formula E’s seventh season, having been impressed by his speed in private testing as well as in the simulator.

Asked if he was disappointed to have been passed over by BMW, Eng said: ‘“First of all I think Jake Dennis fully deserves the race seat in Formula E. 

“Of course I would have liked to race there as well, but it just didn’t work out. No hard feelings. Nothing was promised to me so there is nothing to be disappointed about. 

“I’m still young, I’m 30 now so the Formula E topic is still in my radar. God knows, maybe in the future I will be one of the racing drivers [in FE]. 

“I got the news before the announcement which was also very nice from BMW. no hard feelings. I’m really happy about all the opportunities I got from BMW and am still getting, so all good.” 

Philipp Eng, BMW Team RBM

Philipp Eng, BMW Team RBM<span class="copyright">Andreas Beil</span>
Philipp Eng, BMW Team RBMAndreas Beil

Andreas Beil