Ex-F1 driver Paul di Resta to test Formula E

Paul di Resta

Williams Formula 1 aspirant Paul di Resta and Formula V8 3.5 champion Pietro Fittipaldi will take part in the Formula E rookie test with Jaguar later this month.

Di Resta will head to Marrakesh, where the test will take place, after completing testing for the Daytona 24 Hours in which he will race a United Autosports LMP2.

The Mercedes DTM driver contested the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix for Williams in place of the ill Felipe Massa and was in contention for the 2018 race seat that looks to have gone to Sergey Sirotkin.

Instead of preparing for a new F1 season he will sample the Jaguar I-type 2 on January 14 in Morocco, the day after the second race weekend of the 2017/18 Formula E season.

Di Resta said it was “great to start a relationship” with the team, adding, “I am really looking forward to my first taste of Formula E and the Jaguar I-type 2.

“It is a perfect opportunity, at the right time of year to have a go.

“It will be an intensive day of testing in Marrakesh but I’m sure I can give some positive feedback to the team.”

Di Resta will be joined in the Jaguar team by the grandson of double F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Pietro won the World Endurance Championship-supporting FV8 3.5 series in the final year of the ex-World Series by Renault category.

He has expressed a desire to land a Formula 1 role in 2018 and continue racing in junior single-seaters.

“I have always followed Formula E closely since the first tests with the car at Donington,” said Fittipaldi.

“So I am really looking forward to driving the car, and with Jaguar’s heritage in racing it is a very special privilege.”

They join 2017 European Formula 3 runner-up Joel Eriksson as the most recent confirmations for the test.

Test line-up

Renault: e.dams Mitsunori Takaboshi, TBA
Audi: Abt Sport Nyck de Vries, Nico Muller
Mahindra: Dani Juncadella, Sam Dejonghe
DS Virgin: Joel Eriksson, TBA
Techeetah: Frederic Makowiecki, James Rossiter
Andretti: Bruno Spengler, Colton Herta
Dragon Racing: Maximilian Gunther, Andrea Caldarelli
Venturi: Michael Benyahia, TBA
Jaguar: Paul di Resta, Pietro Fittipaldi

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