The team have since announced that the new race driver will now be Adrien Simon. Simon, the current Liverpool racer was contracted to be the reserve driver for his current team. An agreement between Peugeot and Liverpool will see Adrien Simon commence his racing duties for Peugeot at race 2 of the next season. Kazuki Armos praised his new signing, 'Adrien is a fantastic driver. He comes with significant backing to help the security of the team. Having two French drivers is a goal for us and now to announce Jean Mattson and Adrien Simon as our race drivers makes us very confident that we will have one of the fastest racing duos.'
A statement from Liverpool read, 'Initially, I was very torn, Adrien has been an amazing driver for this team, and I will be sad to see him leave the gates of the factory for the last time. However, I will always welcome him back for a chat whenever he likes. Adrien has been fiercely loyal to this team, and has rejected numerous offers from other teams to stay here, but as a Frenchman, we knew he would want to take on the challenge of becoming a factory Peugeot driver – I hope they remain heavily involved with the team! We told him the offer, and he asked for permission to talk to them, and we were happy for him to live his dream, as it was our way of showing the gratitude for staying with us. We will use this as a chance to plan for the future, with the second and reserve seats now being filled by young, talented drivers. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.'