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Jose Maria Lopez: Formula E 'a step forward,' says triple WTC champion

By Matthew Knight, CNN

Updated 1139 GMT (1939 HKT) March 1, 2017
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Argentine Jose Maria Lopez drives for the DS Virgin Racing Formula E team. Handout/Getty Images South America/Formula E via Getty Images
Lopez, 33, was seeking new challenges after a stellar touring car career. "I want to keep growing and fighting with better drivers in various categories and I think Formula E has all these things," he told CNN. Formula E/Spacesuit Media
"I have so much passion for what I do -- I love racing," Lopez says. CNN
Lopez has been the World Touring Car champion for the past three seasons. BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
Lopez, seen here competing for Citroen Racing in Doha, won the World Touring Car Championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Lopez was a Formula One test driver for Renault during the 2006 season, clocking up an impressive 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles). AFP/Getty Images
The Argentine returned to touring cars after his dream of an F1 race seat fell through when the USF1 team failed to get funding to start the 2010 season. AFP/Getty Images
Lopez won 29 races in 71 starts in the WTCC and finished on the podium 48 times. AFP/Getty Images
Lopez now drives for the DS Virgin Racing Formula E team alongside Briton Sam Bird. "Formula E is growing so fast and you have fantastic drivers and teams. For me, it was a step forward so I'm really happy to have this challenge," Lopez said. AFP/Getty Images
Lopez is still getting to grips with the single-seater formula. He retired in the season-opening Hong Kong ePrix but has finished 10th in the last two races. AFP/Getty Images
Lopez started 18th on the grid in Buenos Aires (pictured) -- the third race of the 2016-17 Formula E World Championship -- but moved up to the final points-scoring position at the checkered flag. AFP/Getty Images