Former GP2 Series champion Fabio Leimer will make his Formula E bow in this weekend's Visa London ePrix after being drafted into the Virgin Racing line-up in place of Jaime Alguersuari.

The Swiss ace, who started the season as reserve for the Amlin Aguri team, will boost Virgin's bid to win the drivers' title with Sam Bird, as well as attempting to wrest fourth spot in the teams' standings from Dragon Racing and Andretti.

"As a racing driver, I love a challenge and so joining Virgin Racing for the Visa London ePrix will be a great test," Leimer told the official Formula E website, "It's going to be an incredible and unique experience racing on the London street circuit and an even more special occasion racing for a new team in their home race. I'm looking forward to racing alongside Sam and hopefully contributing to a successful season finale for the team."

Unlike his untimely exit from F1, there were no acrimonious circumstances surrounding Alguersuari's replacement, as the Spaniard confirmed that he had been stood down on medical grounds.

"On 6 June, after the Moscow ePrix, I suffered a faint as a result of dehydration and extreme exhaustion during the race," he wrote on his Facebook page, "As a consequence of this faint, I had some medical tests done, with successful results, but, at the moment, my license is temporarily suspended until the FIA makes sure that I'm fully able to carry on with my sporting career.

"My health is safe and I'm in shape, and I'm absolutely convinced I can compete this weekend but, for security reasons, we need to delve into medical research. For this reason, together with Virgin Racing, the FIA and the doctors, we've decided not to take part in the London ePrix this weekend.

"It's a shame because it will be the last ePrix of the season and I wanted to race in front of our fans, but we must be respectful with the FIA's procedures. I want to wish all the luck to my team Virgin Racing in the last ePrix of the 2014-15 Formula E season."

 

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