McLaren officially announced on Monday that it will take over the registration of Mercedes in Formula E from the 2022-2023 season. However, the search is in full swing and René Rast now seems to have arrived. The 35-year-old German is currently an Audi works driver, but his manager was present at the Formula E races in Berlin last weekend to negotiate with McLaren. Our colleagues from Motorsport total†
Rast is in his eighth year at Audi and has had some success with the German automaker. He became champion in the DTM three times and completed a Formula E season for Audi Abt until the brand left the electric class at the end of the 2020/2021 season. Despite this, Rast signed a new works contract with Audi at the end of 2021, allowing him to return to the DTM this year and focus on the development of the LMDh car. This seemed to put him in pole position to compete in the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours on behalf of Audi, but the Ingolstadt brand has now put the project on hold.
Rast himself seems open to returning to Formula E, as he signaled to him at the end of April at the DTM round in Portimao. Motorsport-Total.com† “We’ll have to see how it plays out over the coming weeks and months, but in general I’m open to anything going forward. That can be Formula E, LMDh, IMSA, WEC or DTM. I wouldn’t immediately turn down anything.” Nevertheless, Rast does not appear to have given up hope of participating in Audi’s LMDh project: “I would like to start at Le Mans. But we also have to wait and see what decision Audi makes about continuing the LMDh We have to see that – and I didn’t look any further because there is no news from Audi on the matter.”