British drivers Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn are currently lined up as replacements for Sebastien Buemi and Jose Maria Lopez respectively at the Mexico City ePrix if any travel complications arise.
Toyota LMP1 drivers Buemi and Lopez are scheduled to participate in the Mexico ePrix, however, both will miss the shakedown and potentially a practice session or two due to an overnight flight.
Rowland, who will race for DAMS in the GP2 Series this upcoming season has already raced in Formula E for Mahindra Racing after replacing Nick Heidfeld at the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix .
The ex-Renault Academy driver will do the shakedown for Renault e.dams in place of Buemi as the French team plan to get Rowland involved in the series again.
“Most probably it will be Oliver Rowland to do the shakedown and be there in case something happens,” Renault e.dams senior manager Jean-Paul Driot informed Autosport.
“He did one race with Mahindra so he knows Formula E. Perhaps we will do something in the development car to put him back into the system. This is most likely what will happen.”
Alex Lynn, on the other hand, participated in a test day with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in the first pre-season test at Donnington Park and was announced as DS Virgin’s reserve driver, so is a logical and obvious substitute for the Argentine driver Lopez.
“We’ll try and look at whether we can get the car set up for him – if there’s a connection missed [on Lopez’s journey] we might have Alex driving the car [in the race],” DS Virgin team principal Alex Tai informed Autosport.
“We’ve got a nice bed for Pechito on a plane but it’s not ideal preparation, so of course we’re bringing Alex. He’s a great guy to have on board.”
If the current calendar clash between the FIA Formula E Championship and the World Endurance Championship isn’t resolved, Alex Lynn should make an appearance with DS Virgin at the New York ePrix as both Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird are affected by the series’ clash with the World Endurance Series’ round at the Nürburgring.