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With the start of a new season of the ABB FIA Formula E championship less than a month away motorsport’s governing body, the FIA has confirmed the full-season entry list ahead of the season opener in Saudia Arabia on December 15.
This year’s expanded 11-team entry list will see 22 of the world’s top driving talents take to the grid, with the first round kicking off with the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix – click here to purchase tickets.
All four former champions return to test their mettle in the new FIA Formula E Gen2 car, with Jean-Eric Vergne hoping to become the first back-to-back champion in the history of the series with DS Techeetah.
Six fresh faces will be facing their first Formula E race in less than a month, with Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett representing newcomers HWA Racelab, Max Guenther lining up for Geox Dragon, Felipe Massa for the Venturi Formula E Team, Alexander Albon for Nissan e.dams and Alexander Sims for BMW i Andretti Motorsport.
Several other top talents are returning to the championship for the upcoming campaign having raced in Formula E before but not contested the full fourth season – these include Robin Frijns for Envision Virgin Racing, Tom Dillmann for the NIO Formula E Team. Felix Rosenqvist returns to the Championship, taking the place of new Mahindra rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein for the first round of the season. See below for the full entry list.
|RACE #||TEAM NAME||TYPE||DRIVER|
|2||Envision Virgin Racing||Audi e-tron FE05||Sam Bird (GBR)|
|3||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||Jaguar I-Type III||Nelson Piquet (BRA)|
|4||Envision Virgin Racing||Audi e-tron FE05||Robin Frijns (NLD)|
|5||HWA RACELAB||Venturi VFE05||Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL)|
|6||GEOX DRAGON||Penske EV-3||Max Gunther (DEU)|
|7||GEOX DRAGON||Penske EV-3||Jose Maria Lopez (ARG)|
|8||NIO Formula E Team||NIO Sport 004||Tom Dillmann (FRA)|
|11||Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team||Audi e-tron FE05||Lucas Di Grassi (BRA)|
|16||NIO Formula E Team||NIO Sport 004||Oliver Turvey (GBR)|
|17||HWA RACELAB||Venturi VFE05||Gary Paffett (GBR)|
|19||Venturi Formula E Team||Venturi VFE05||Felipe Massa (BRA)|
|20||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||Jaguar I-Type III||Mitch Evans (NZL)|
|22||Nissan e.dams||Nissan IM01||Alex Albon (THA)|
|23||Nissan e.dams||Nissan IM01||Sebastien Buemi (CHE)|
|25||DS TECHEETAH||DS E-TENSE FE19||Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA)|
|27||BMW i ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT||BMW iFE.18||Alexander Sims (GBR)|
|28||BMW i ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT||BMW iFE.18||Antonio Felix Da Costa (PRT)|
|36||DS TECHEETAH||DS E-TENSE FE19||Andre Lotterer (DEU)|
|48||Venturi Formula E Team||Venturi VFE05||Edoardo Mortara (CHE)|
|64||MAHINDRA RACING||Mahindra M5Electro||Jerome d’Ambrosio (BEL)|
|66||Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team||Audi e-tron FE05||Daniel Abt (DEU)|
|94||MAHINDRA RACING||Mahindra M5Electro||Felix Rosenqvist (SWE)|
With a new car, new racing format and plenty of fresh faces, the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to be the most exciting and unpredictable to date. Buckle up, we’re just getting started.
Signing Pietro Fittipaldi will help the Haas Formula 1 team address a weakness with its simulator use, reckons the team’s race driver Romain Grosjean.
Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time world champion Emerson, has been named Haas’s 2019 reserve driver and make his F1 test debut in Abu Dhabi this month as part of his new role.
The 2017 Formula V8 3.5 champion has had a disrupted season across multiple categories – the World Endurance Championship, IndyCar and Super Formula – after breaking his leg earlier this year.
“We need some help in the team, especially on the simulator side,” said Grosjean. “It will be good to have him, he will have a taste of the car in Abu Dhabi and he can jump in the simulator and work on the correlation, when we get it, it is nice and ready to go.
“We are still working on plans and making sure we get better [at simulation]. The correlation is the trickiest part to get right and the one you need to get right before you do any set-up work.
“It has been okay, we have been able to work with it [but] with race drivers it is hard to go between races.”
Haas was in talks with Fittipaldi over testing opportunities prior to his leg-breaking shunt at Spa ahead of the WEC season opener earlier this year.
Team principal Gunther Steiner explained that those talks morphed into discussions over a proper roleonce Haas established Fittipaldi could help boost its sim efforts.
“We talked again and decided to use him next year for testing and simulator development because they need to get better,” said Steiner.
“Because we are young, we need to find areas to improve. That is why next year we decided to have a programme where our simulator programme is as good as possible, so on Friday we can test set-ups and with aero developments, we put them in first with Pietro [on the simulator], and just get better.”
Fittipaldi’s opportunity was described as a “genuine test role” by Steiner.
It follows a now-standard development driver model among F1 teams, which has been specifically credited by the likes of Ferrari for turnarounds in form from Friday practice to Saturday this season.
Additional reporting by Stuart Codling and Oleg Karpov