BMW has confirmed the signing of Maximilian Gunther to its Formula E team ahead of the 2019-20 season, replacing the outgoing Antonio Felix da Costa.

Gunther, 22, made his Formula E debut with Dragon last year after one season in Formula 2, taking part in all but three rounds. He scored a brace of fifth-place finishes, scoring 20 of the team's 23 points for the year.

The German driver will now move to BMW's factory Formula E squad for the upcoming season in place of da Costa, who is set to join reigning champion team Techeetah alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.

"It is fantastic to be part of BMW i Motorsport now,” said Günther. “BMW i Andretti Motorsport had a strong maiden season in Formula E, won the very first race and was involved in the fight for the title down to the wire. That is why this switch is definitely a fantastic step for me. It is great to compete for BMW again. That’s where everything started for me in single-seater racing in 2011."

"I am looking forward to Maximilian Günther returning to the BMW family,” added BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “We followed his performance last season very closely. Maximilian regularly managed to get the maximum out of his car package. That saw him achieve some impressive results. Having a driver with a history of BMW single-seater racing is a great fit.”

Gunther's teammate will be confirmed by BMW ahead of the start of pre-season testing in Valencia in mid-October, with the new Formula E season kicking off in Saudi Arabia on November 22.

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