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Neel Jani
Neel Jani
Driver Details
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Date of Birth 8 December 1983
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2017 Hong Kong E-Prix I
Championships Unknown
Wins 0
First Win
Former Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Total Entries 2 (2 Starts)
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Total Points 0
FanBoosts 0
Current Season
Team Flag of the United States Dragon Racing
Number Standings Points
6 25th 0
Neel Jani, born 8 December 1983, is a Swiss racing driver, who will make his debut for Dragon Racing during the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship.[1] A very accomplished racer in the world of endurance racing, Jani enters Formula E as the defending World Endurance Championship Champion for Porsche, ahead of the firm's switch to FE in 2019/20.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Jani's first taste of motor racing would come during his teen years, competing in a number of karting championships before he gained a drive in the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup in 2001.[3] Jani would campaign in the Eurocup for the three following seasons, graduating to the V6 class in 2003.[3]

Switzerland's StarEdit

After three years campaigning Renaults, Jani obtained a drive in the brand new GP2 Series in 2005.[3] It was an impressive debut season for the Swiss racer, with Jani claiming two wins in an under funded car.[3] His performances earned him a test driver role with Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One, although he would still compete in two GP2 races in place of Nicolas Lapierre.[3]

Ultimately, Jani would be overlooked for a Grand Prix seat, although he did have several tests with various teams until 2010.[3] During that time, Jani would campaign in the A1 Grand Prix series, taking several wins and the 2007/08 title for Team Switzerland.[3] 2007 would also see Jani compete in the final edition of the Champ Car World Series, the Swiss racer finishing the season in ninth.[3]

Privateers and PorschesEdit

From 2010, Jani moved into the Endurance racing scene, joining Swiss based effort Rebellion Racing in the w:c:motorsport:Le Mans Series.[3] He would split his time between LMP1 with Rebellion and GT1, before joining Rebellion full time with the launch of the World Endurance Championship in 2012.[3] He partnered Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost for two seasons, before Porsche offered him a contract.[3]

The German firm were making their return to the Endurance racing scene in 2014, and would bring Jani in to add experience to their driver line up.[3] It was the beginning of a successful partnership, with Jani finishing third in his first two seasons with the manufacturer.[3] In 2016 Jani and the #2 Porsche effort would do even better, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on their way to the WEC crown .[3] Jani would go on to defend his share of the crown in 2017, entering a season long duel with the team's sister car.[3]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Jani was revealed as a driver for Dragon Racing ahead of the 2017/18, his connection to Porsche further fuelling rumours that the American effort were to be taken over the German firm.[1] Jani, as well as new teammate Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Dragon Racing's owners refused to comment, with Jani stating himself that the deal did not ensure he would get a seat with Porsche when the car manufacturer joined the series.[1]

It was fortunate that Jani did not think that his Dragon performance would not dictate whether he got a future seat with Porsche, for the Swiss racer would quit the series ahead of the Marrakech.[4] Indeed, Jani would quickly become frustrated with the Penske design, with a largely anonymous debut coming in the Hong Kong.[5] Across the two races Jani would finish a best of eighteenth, prompting him to leave the team and José María López come in as his replacement.[4]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Neel Jani's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Neel Jani during their FE career:

Neel Jani's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2017/18 Flag of the United States Dragon Racing[1] 6 Penske EV-2 25th 0

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Neel Jani's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 25th 0
18th 18th

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 'Neel Jani Joins Faraday Future Dragon Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/08/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/august/neel-jani-joins-faraday-future-dragon-racing/, (Accessed 25/08/2017)
  2. 'Porsche set to compete in Formula E from Season 6', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/porsche-set-to-compete-in-formula-e-from-season-6/, (Accessed 28/07/2017)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 'Neel Jani', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 09/09/2017), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neel_Jani, (Accessed 25/09/2017)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Jose Maria Lopez replaces Neel Jani at DRAGON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/jose-maria-lopez-replaces-neel-jani-at-dragon/, (Accessed 05/01/2018)
  5. 'Bird clinches victory in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/bird-clinches-victory-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 16/12/2017)