Eng, Lucas Auer and Marco Wittmann had been a few of the DTM drivers that had examined the BMW iFE.20 because the German marque evaluated a substitute for Alexander Sims following the Briton’s transfer to Mahindra Racing.
It had been recommended that BMW could hand the seat alongside Maximilian Gunther to considered one of its six DTM drivers at a time when its manufacturing unit participation within the sequence was coming to an finish.
But BMW introduced late final month that it has signed R-Motorsport’s Jake Dennis for Formula E’s seventh season, having been impressed by his velocity in non-public testing in addition to within the simulator.
Asked if he was disenchanted to have been handed over by BMW, Eng stated: ‘“First of all I think Jake Dennis fully deserves the race seat in Formula E.
“Of course I would have liked to race there as well, but it just didn’t work out. No hard feelings. Nothing was promised to me so there is nothing to be disappointed about.
“I’m still young, I’m 30 now so the Formula E topic is still in my radar. God knows, maybe in the future I will be one of the racing drivers [in FE].
“I got the news before the announcement which was also very nice from BMW. no hard feelings. I’m really happy about all the opportunities I got from BMW and am still getting, so all good.”
Auer has latest single-seater expertise courtesy of his 2019 Super Formula marketing campaign with the B-Max/Motopark crew, and took half in February’s Marrakesh rookie take a look at with BMW alongside 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion Kyle Kirkwood.
But the Austrian driver stated he by no means entered into severe conversations with BMW a few Formula E drive for subsequent season.
“Regarding Formula E, I did the rookie test, I did a bit of simulator, but we never had deep talks about it,” said Auer.
“So for me also there wasn’t any importance doing Formula E or anything because my full focus is DTM, and not so much more [to add].
“Although Formula E is interesting for sure, there was never the deep talks for me that [BMW] had to inform me or anything.“
Philipp Eng, BMW Team RBM
Photo by: Andreas Beil