Esteban Gutierrez has been accused of breaching his Formula E contract by Techeetah, having quit the team after just three races in order to take a seat in IndyCar.

Recent Sauber and Haas Formula 1 driver Gutierrez made his Formula E debut with Techeetah at the beginning of April in Mexico City, and also made appearances in Monaco and Paris.

Gutierrez was signed by Dale Coyne Racing for the IndyCar race in Detroit last weekend in place of Sebastien Bourdais, who was injured in a qualifying crash at the Indianapolis 500.

While he must miss this weekend's race at Texas due to a lack of oval experience, Gutierrez is expected to see out the season with Dale Coyne Racing, ending his stint in Formula E due to calendar clashes.

Formula E teams are required to inform the stewards of their driver line-up for races at least two weeks in advance, with Techeetah making a change after this deadline for Saturday's Berlin ePrix.

Techeetah was called before the FIA stewards in Berlin as a result, with the team claiming that Gutierrez breached his contract, causing the late change.

"The Stewards accepted the driver change as a result of an alleged breach of contract between the driver and the competitor and determine no further action," the stewards said.

"It was reported to the Stewards that the nominated driver Mr. Esteban Gutierrez breached his contract with the competitor Techeetah and decided to compete in another series which conflicted with Formula E Championship.

"The stewards in accordance with ISC 12.2.6 will refer this alleged breach of contract to the FIA International Tribunal."

 

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