Mahindra Racing puts Sirotkin, Dejonghe for in-season test

Sports Reporter
Saturday, 5 January 2019

“Formula E is now one of the most rapidly developing championships. The competition here is at very high level. More manufacturers are entering the series as they are confident that electric cars have strong future potential. More technical solutions appear in these cars and they are progressing rapidly,” said Sirotkin.

Pune: Former Formula One driver Sergey Sirotkin has been drafted into Mahindra Racing Team for in-season testing that will happen after the Round 2 of FIA Formula E Championship in Marrakesh on January 12.

The in-season testing restricted to rookie drivers on January 13 will see Mahindra fielding Sirotkin and their Simulator and Development Driver Sam Dejonghe.

“Formula E is now one of the most rapidly developing championships. The competition here is at very high level. More manufacturers are entering the series as they are confident that electric cars have strong future potential. More technical solutions appear in these cars and they are progressing rapidly,” said Sirotkin.

Sirotkin has one Formula 1 season under his belt after racing with the Williams team when he was 23. Earlier he was signed as Sauber F1’s test driver at the age of 19 and quickly impressed in his debut GP2 Series season in 2015, finishing as the highest placed rookie, with a race win and five podiums.

Dejonghe was the 2011 European F3 Open Championship Cup Vice-Champion. Following his success in his early single-seater career, Dejonghe adapted his driving style to compete in sportscar racing and he has competed in multiple GT and Prototype series.

He then took on the role in November 2017 as simulator and development driver for Mahindra Racing.

“There’s no better way to start 2019 than being able to jump into the new Gen2 Formula E car. With my simulation experience it will be nice to get some real time correlation and see how much I’ve advanced in Formula E having also driven the Mahindra Racing M4Electro,” said Dejonghe.

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