Dragon Racing has confirmed Maximilian Günther will make his Formula E debut with the team at the season-opening round in Saudi Arabia next month, partnering Jose Maria Lopez.

Günther, 21, first tested with Dragon at the Marrakesh rookie test in January before joining the team in a reserve role, but will now step into the race seat vacated by Jerome d'Ambrosio for the 2018/19 campaign.

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"I’m really happy to compete with Dragon in the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E season,” Günther said.

"We made great progress during our development with the more powerful and complex Gen2 Car. It’s an exciting challenge for both the Engineers and the Driver, and I’m enjoying every second driving it.

"The working atmosphere inside the team is fantastic, I feel really comfortable and can’t wait to get the new season started. Certainly, I will give it my all to deliver the best possible results for the team.

"I want to thank Jay Penske and the entire Dragon team for their trust and for giving me the opportunity to race in this first-class championship."

Team boss Jay Penske added: "I am very pleased to give Max the opportunity to race in the #6 car this season. Maximilian did a tremendous job building rapport with the team and working with the entire organization on the development of the Penske EV-3.

“Maximilian has shown himself to be a true competitor. I am looking forward to seeing the results of his hard work in Season 5."

Günther will move into Formula E after finishing his rookie season in Formula 2 in Abu Dhabi later this month, having recorded one win and one further podium finish in the category to date.

The German previously was a rival to Lance Stroll and Lando Norris during their Formula 3 title-winning years, spending three seasons in the championship before moving up to F2.

Günther's confirmation leaves just one seat free in Formula E for Season 5. Nissan e.dams is yet to confirm who will partner Sebastien Buemi at the team, with Alexander Albon expected to depart the outfit after a late approach from Toro Rosso over a Formula 1 seat.

The new Formula E season starts in Saudi Arabia on December 15.