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Kvyat, Drugovich & Merhi: Overview of all drivers at the Formula E rookie test in Berlin

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

For the first time since February 2020, Formula E will hold a rookie test on the Monday after the Berlin E-Prix (April 24). Eligible to start on the Tempelhof circuit are all drivers:inside who have never participated in an E-Prix and less than two days in official test drives. An overview of all drivers with their respective starting numbers is available to 'e-Formel.de'. Fans can look forward to some well-known motorsport names and up-and-coming talents. One of the teams even enters the rookie test with three drivers.

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>> Nio 333 brings Daniil Kvyat & Mikel Azcona on board

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[04/16 | 17:00] Perhaps the most prominent driver lineup is being fielded by Chinese team Nio 333. Former Red Bull F1 driver Daniil Kvyat will test in a Formula E car for the first time in Berlin, competing in car number 3. He will be joined by Mikel Azcona. The Spaniard has already been able to gain some experience in electric motorsport in the FIA ETCR - albeit in a touring car.

>> Drugovich & Barter test for Maserati

[04/16 | 17:00] Taking to the wheel at Maserati MSG Racing will be reigning Formula 2 champion: Felipe Drugovich. The 22-year-old Brazilian was considered a candidate for the "top class" before the current Formula 1 season, but ultimately did not get a regular cockpit. Drugovich takes over the car from Max Günther. He will be joined by 17-year-old Hugh Barter. The Australian-Japanese driver has been competing for Campos Racing in FIA Formula 3 since this year.

>> DS Penske backs Will Stevens & Robert Shwartzman

[04/16 | 17:00] The black and gold are bringing in a name that has appeared in the Formula E haze more often than not, but never on an official timesheet: Will Stevens. The Brit takes over the car from world champion Stoffel Vandoorne. In addition, Robert Shwartzman makes his electric debut. The Israeli-Russian racing driver and champion of the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship may be familiar to one or the other German motorsport fan from his time as Mick Schumacher's Formula 2 teammate.

>> ABT Cupra trusts Adrien Tambay & Tim Tramnitz

[04/16 | 17:00] An old acquaintance from touring car racing is joining the German ABT team: Adrian Tambay first competed in the DTM, and most recently also in the all-electric ETCR. Here he even became champion in the second season (2022). At his side, Tim Tramnitz is making his e-debut. Born in Hamburg, he has already won a title in Formula 4 and, at the age of 18, is regarded as a young German talent.

>> Mahindra as only team with 3 drivers: Daruvala, Merhi & King

[16.04. | 17:00] Mahindra is really ramping up in Berlin: The Indians are the only racing team to field three rookies at once. Jehan Daruvala, the team's official reserve driver, is allowed to contest both three-hour test sessions with Lucas di Grassi's car. The number 8 car, on the other hand, is shared by Jordan King and Roberto Merhi. While the Briton gets a go in the morning, former F1 driver Merhi takes the wheel in the three-hour afternoon session.

>> Jaguar orders Simon Evans & Sheldon van der Linde

[04/16 | 17:00] Jaguar only has to get used to one new surname at the rookie test: Simon Evans, brother of regular driver Mitch and champion of the former Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, will take over a car from the "big cat". He will be joined by Sheldon van der Linde - another driver whose brother has Formula E experience: Kelvin van der Linde deputized for the injured Robin Frijns at ABT this season and contested the three races in Diriyya and Hyderabad.

It is also worth noting that the rookies are to compete with different starting numbers than the regular drivers: Sheldon van der Linde gets the number 31, Simon Evans the number 99. Actually - also at the Berlin E-Prix directly before - Jaguar competes with the starting numbers 9 and 10 on the cars. We don't know the reason for the change.

>> McLaren presents rookie duo Eastwood & Browning

[04/13 | 17:02] McLaren will feature Charlie Eastwood and Luke Browning in the rookie test. The 27-year-old Northern Irishman Eastwood is an official test and development driver for the papaya-colored team and has been successful in endurance racing for several years. This year he won the LMP2 classification of the Asian Le Mans Series. Browning, on the other hand, has been active in Formula 3 since this season.

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>> Jonny Edgar drives second Envision car alongside Jack Aitken

[04/13 | 16:36] Envision Racing presented its second driver on Thursday afternoon: British Formula 3 driver Jonny Edgar will take his seat in the customer Jaguar alongside the already confirmed Jack Aitken.

>> Nissan names Martins & Ghiotto

[13.04. | 11:36] Nissan has announced its driver lineup for the Formula E rookie test in Berlin. Accordingly, reigning FIA Formula 3 champion Victor Martins and multiple GP2 race winner Luca Ghiotto will climb into the car for the Japanese team

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>> Andretti confirms Maloney & Lundqvist

[06.04. | 17:17] Avalanche Andretti will run the rookie test after the Berlin E-Prix with Zane Maloney and Linus Lundqvist. While Maloney is currently active in Formula 2, Lundqvist is currently without a regular cockpit after winning the Indy Lights championship in 2022.

>> F1 starter Jack Aitken drives for Envision

[04/06 | 09:34] Jaguar customer team Envision Racing has confirmed its first driver: Jack Aitken may drive the green-and-blue racer in Berlin. The British-South Korean pilot has a lot of experience in formula racing. For example, he made his Formula 1 debut with Williams at the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020 as a substitute for George Russell, who represented Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, who was suffering from COVID-19.

>> Porsche confirms David Beckmann & Ye Yifei

[04.04. | 10:10] The Porsche factory team has become the first team in the electric racing series to confirm its two test drivers for the rookie test: as expected, Germany's David Beckmann will take the wheel of the Porsche 99X Electric. The second car will be piloted by China's Ye Yifei.

For Beckmann, it is probably the last opportunity to take part in a rookie test: The Iserlohn native will expected to replace Andre Lotterer at the Jakarta E-Prix, who is simultaneously taking part in testing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Porsche.

additional reporting by Timo Pape

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Overview: The entry list for the 2023 Formula E rookie test

Team Fahrer 1 (Nummer) Fahrer 2 (Nummer)
ABT Cupra Tim Tramnitz (4) Adrian Tambay (51)
Avalanche Andretti Zane Maloney (27) Linus Lundqvist (36)
DS Penske Will Stevens (1) Robert Shwartzman (25)
Envision Racing Johnny Edgar (16) Jack Aitken (37)
Jaguar TCS Racing Sheldon van der Linde (31) Simon Evans (99)
Mahindra Racing Jordan King (vorm.) & Roberto Merhi (nachm.) (8) Jehan Daruvala (11)
Maserati MSG Racing Felipe Drugovich (7) Hugh Barter (48)
Neom McLaren Luke Browning (5) Charlie Eastwood (58)
Nio 333 Racing Daniil Kvyat (3) Mikel Azcona (33)
Nissan Luca Ghiotto (17) Victor Martins (23)
TAG Heuer Porsche Ye Yifei (13) David Beckmann (94)

 

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