The 37-year-old Montagny has a wealth of experience in both single-seater and endurance racing. He stood on the podium at Le Mans four times and has won five American Le Mans Series races, three titles in Formula Renault and even competed in IndyCars and Formula One.
Things came to a head for Montagny, however, when he began competing in Formula E. At the second race in Malaysia this past November, he was randomly screened for drugs and was found to have a Benzoylecgonine in his system – a derivative of cocaine used principally as a topical pain reliever.
He was immediately handed a temporary suspension, but the FIA has now held its formal hearing and formalized his sentence. He'll now be banned from competing in any FIA-sanctioned racing series until December 23, 2016, and was stripped of the 15th-place finish he scored on that fateful day. Given his age and the severity of the punishment, however, we'd be surprised if he ever gets a drive in a significant racing series again.