As the sun set on another exciting F1 season in Abu Dhabi last weekend, so the 2018/19 Formula E season soon kicks into action with the opening race of the season in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on December 15.
It has also been announced that Formula E will host an in-season test after the Ad Diriyah ePrix, with the driver line-ups announced.
Most significantly, teams that run female drivers in addition to their regular drivers, have also been handed places at the test that runs the day after the first ePrix of the season.
For Acronis partner team NIO, Jamie Chadwick, who won the 2015 British GT4 championship, joins regular drivers Oliver Turvey and Tom Dillmann at the circuit with teams entering female drivers allowed two cars during the session.
“I think firstly it’s a fantastic opportunity for all drivers to be able to get out in Saudi Arabia but for me to be able to do it with NIO is great and I had a cool opportunity to go out to Valencia with them and meet the team and from what I’ve seen they’re a fantastic group of people so yeah, really excited about it.
“It’s my first experience of electric racing so that’s going to be something different in itself but yeah, from what I’ve seen the car looks great and I’m excited to get out there.”
.@JamieChadwick55 talks challenges and her excitement for testing with the NIO Formula E Team in Riyadh. https://t.co/v3Bb9QhIia #borntopushlimits pic.twitter.com/CfEq46wEwS
— NIO (@NIOGlobal) November 20, 2018
.@JamieChadwick55 continues her preparation with the team in Spain at the @CircuitCalafat ahead of the upcoming test in Saudi Arabia. Time to integrate with the engineers and familiarise herself with our Season 4 race car. Despite the windy conditions, Jamie is doing a great job. pic.twitter.com/GRQOeIx65t
— NIO (@NIOGlobal) November 28, 2018
Simona de Silvestro, Carmen Jorda, Tatiana Calderon and Katherine Legge will also take part in the test, with the completed line-up as follows:
|Team||Session 1||Session 2|
|Virgin Racing||Robin Frijns||Sam Bird|
|Amna Al Qubaisi||Amna Al Qubaisi|
|Jose Maria Lopez||Max Gunther|
|NIO||Jamie Chadwick||Jamie Chadwick|
|Oliver Turvey/Tom Dillmann||Oliver Turvey/Tom Dillmann|
|Venturi||Simona de Silvestro||Simona de Silvestro|
|Felipe Massa||Edoardo Mortara|
|Jaguar Racing||Mitch Evans||Mitch Evans|
|Nissan e.dams||Carmen Jorda||Carmen Jorda|
|Alex Albon/Sebastien Buemi||Alex Albon/Sebastien Buemi|
|DS Techeetah||Tatiana Calderon||Jean-Eric Vergne|
|Andre Lotterer||Tatiana Calderon|
|BMW Andretti||Alexander Sims||Alexander Sims|
|Beitske Visser||Beitske Visser|
|Mahindra Racing||Jerome D’Ambrosio||Jerome D’Ambrosio|
|Katherine Legge||Katherine Legge|
|Audi||Nico Muller||Nico Muller|
Formula E entry list for the 2018/19 seasion
The Formula E entry list for the 2018/19 season is close to being finalised, with Alexander Albon (provisionally named as a Nissan e.dams driver) being confirmed as a Toro Rosso Formula One driver since the date of writing.
Mahindra Racing have also named Felix Rosenqvist on the list, although he will be replaced by Pascal Wehrlein for the second round in Marrakech.
Although teams had to submit their entry lists with drivers ‘eLicences’ in late October, they still have until two weeks before the opening race to name their starting drivers.
Entry list as follows:
|Audi:||Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt|
|DS Techeetah:||Jean-Eric Vergne, Andre Lotterer|
|Virgin Racing:||Sam Bird, Robin Frijns|
|Mahindra Racing:||Jerome D’Ambrosio, Felix Rosenqvist (replaced by Wehrlein in Marrakech)|
|Nissan e.dams:||Sebastien Buemi, Alexander Albon|
|Jaguar:||Mitch Evans, Nelson Piquet Jr|
|Venturi:||Felipe Massa, Edoardo Mortara|
|NIO:||Oliver Turvey, Tom Dillmann|
|Dragon:||Jose Maria Lopez, Maximilian Gunther|
|BMW Andretti:||Antonio Felix da Costa, Alexander Sims|
|HWA:||Gary Paffett, Stoffel Vandoorne|
Top image: Jamie Chadwick. Source: https://www.nio.io/news/nio-supporting-female-talent-after-confirming-rising-british-star-jamie-chadwick-official