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Kvyat comeback & test debut for Ehrlacher - Overview of all drivers at the Formula E rookie practice in Rome

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

For the first time in its history, Formula E will hold an additional free practice session for rookies on Friday before the Rome E-Prix (July 14). Eligible to start on the circuit in the EUR district are all drivers who have never participated in an E-Prix and are not on the official entry list for Season 9. The Berlin rookies David Beckmann and Roberto Merhi are therefore not allowed to compete again, while other drivers will make their comeback. We expand this article regularly in the run-up to the Rome E-Prix, as soon as new drivers are announced.

"Free Practice 0", as Formula E itself calls the rookie session, will take place on Friday before the double header in Rome. We assume that Formula E will replace the Shakedown on Friday noon with this Rookie Session, while the 1st Free Practice will take place as normal on Friday evening. The 2nd Free Practice session will be held on July 15 as always, before the first qualifying. In the rookie practice, each team is allowed to field only one car, and therefore only one driver.

>>> ABT Cupra: Adrien Tambay completes test driver line-up

[Jul 10 | 10:15] After his appearance in Berlin, ETCR champion Adrien Tambay will once again be allowed to test for ABT Cupra in Rome. This was announced on Monday morning when Formula E published the complete list of participants for the rookie training. This means that a total of ten drivers who were already in the car at Tempelhof will be in action. Only Yann Ehrlacher at DS Penske is new.

>>> Nio 333 nominates Daniil Kvyat again

[Jul 10 | 10:00] Ex-Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat will once again take the wheel of the Nio 333 team for the 0th Free Practice session. The Russian, who has to drive under a neutral flag due to the war against Ukraine, had already revealed to in Berlin that he would like to drive in Formula E.

>>> Yann Ehrlacher tests for DS Penske

[Jul 10 | 09:50] DS Penske's choice of driver is somewhat surprising: the US-French team is fielding Yann Ehrlacher in the rookie test. The 27-year-old Frenchman is predominantly active in touring car racing and is considered one of the biggest talents there. According to our information, this will be Ehrlacher's first time in a Formula E race car, but he is said to have some simulator experience for DS.

>>> Sheldon van der Linde gets another Jaguar test

[Jul 10 | 09:45] Good news for Sheldon van der Linde: After his DTM victory on Saturday at the Norisring, the South African will be allowed to drive the factory team's Jaguar I-Type 6 again next weekend. This was announced by the racing team on Monday morning. Van der Linde had also driven for the team in Berlin.

>>> Yifei tests again for Porsche

[Jul 6 | 16:00] TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has nominated Ye Yifei for the rookie training in Rome. The Chinese was considered the logical choice because the team's official test and reserve driver, David Beckmann, is no longer eligible to compete after his race debut in Jakarta. Yifei also drove the Porsche 99X Electric during the rookie test in Berlin.

>>> Reserve driver Jehan Daruvala gets new chance at Mahindra

[Jul 6 | 13:05] As Mahindra Racing announced on Thursday, reserve driver Jehan Daruvala will get another Formula E chance in Rome. After the Indian manufacturer already used the Indian at the rookie test in Berlin, he is also asked to drive the M9Electro in the "Eternal City" for 30 minutes. Nevertheless, his joy is likely to be limited, because the racing cockpit in Rome and also in London will once again go to Roberto Merhi.

>>> Charlie Eastwood with comeback in McLaren racer

[Jun 30 | 16:45] We will see yet another familiar face from Berlin again in Rome: Charlie Eastwood will contest the 0th free practice for Neom McLaren. A team spokesman confirmed this to the colleagues of Il Messaggero. The Irishman had only reached 19th position at the rookie test in Tempelhof.

>>> Berlin pace setter Drugovich gets second Maserati chance

[Jun 29 | 23:30] At the rookie test in Germany, Brazilian Felipe Drugovich set the best lap time of the day. In doing so, the Formula 2 driver seemingly not only impressed observers of the series, but also his team, Maserati MSG. The Monegasque racing team will also take part in the Free Practice 0 session in Italy with Drugovich, as it confirmed on Thursday evening.

>>> Zane Maloney gets to drive for Andretti again

[Jun 29 | 15:30] As he did in Berlin, Zane Maloney will be sitting behind the wheel of Avalanche Andretti's customer Porsche in Rome. The team made the announcement after the Portland E-Prix. The 19-year-old Barbadian currently drives for Carlin Motorsport in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, where he is 9th overall after six race weekends.

>>> Luca Ghiotto confirms himself at Nissan

[Jun 16 | 13:30] Italian racer Luca Ghiotto has announced on Twitter that he will contest rookie practice for Nissan. Like Aitken, Ghiotto has already taken part in the rookie test in Berlin. However, the official confirmation from the team is still pending.

>> Envision Racing will again rely on Jack Aitken

[Jun 15 | 12:30] Envision Racing has become the first team to announce its driver for rookie practice: Jack Aitken will get to drive the green Jaguar-powered car for a second time after the rookie test in Berlin. The British-South Korean racer thus comes as a bit of a surprise for his next test outing.

Alice Powell, the team's simulator driver, was not allowed to compete in Berlin because she had already competed in Formula E on two previous test days. However, since this rule does not apply in Rome, so she would have been able to compete. In the end, however, Powell once again comes away empty-handed.

Overview: Full entry list for the 2023 Formula E rookie practice in Rome

Number Team Driver
51 ABT Cupra Adrien Tambay
36 Avalanche Andretti Zane Maloney
1 DS Penske Yann Ehrlacher
16 Envision Racing Jack Aitken
10 Jaguar TCS Racing Sheldon van der Linde
8 Mahindra Racing Jehan Daruvala
7 Maserati MSG Racing Felipe Drugovich
58 Neom McLaren Charlie Eastwood
3 Nio 333 Racing Daniil Kvyat
17 Nissan Luca Ghiotto
13 TAG Heuer Porsche Ye Yifei

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