Giovinazzi named for Formula E rookie test

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Friday 5th January, 2018 - 9:32am

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Antonio Giovinazzi

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Antonio Giovinazzi is one of the final names to have been added to the entry list for this month’s Formula E rookie test in Marrakesh.

Giovinazzi made his F1 debut in 2017 as an injury replacement for Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein, but missed out on landing a full-time drive with the team this year.

The Swiss squad, now known as Alfa Romeo Sauber, chose to partner fellow Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc with incumbent Marcus Ericsson, while Giovinazzi will fill a third-driver role.

The Italian will now make an appearance in the January 14 post-race Formula E test in Marrakesh, driving DS Virgin’s DSV-03 car alongside BMW racer Joel Eriksson.

Giovinazzi’s test opportunity comes against the backdrop of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne evaluating a foray into the all-electric racing category with his Fiat Chrysler Automobiles company’s Maserati brand.

The entry list has also revealed two other names participating in the test, completing a 20-strong line-up.

Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paffett, who has previously stated he would “absolutely” consider following the manufacturer to Formula E when it quits the German series at the end of 2018, will test for Venturi, which currently employs his DTM team-mates Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel.

Meanwhile, Formula 2 ace Alex Albon will slot in alongside Japanese F3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi in the Renault e.dams test roster.

Race 3 of the FIA Formula E Championship will be run in Marrakesh, Morocco on Saturday January 13.

Test line-up

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

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