Former Williams F1 driver Sergey Sirotkin will test for Mahindra Racing in the in-season test session in Marrakesh on Sunday 13th January.
Sirotkin had a fairly solid season with Williams in the 2018 season, but the Russian had a car that was seriously undeveloped, which stopped him from showing his full potential that he created during his junior career.
The 23-year old secured his first karting championship title at the age of 11 before making his single-seater debut just three years later.
Sirotkin made a fast impact, taking European Formula Abarth title a year later, in the same year he finished as runner up in the Italian Formula Abarth. By 2012 he was taking race wins in Auto GP and Formula 3. He was signed as Sauber F1’s test driver at the age of 19.
Now, without a drive secured in 2019 and with more manufactures joining Formula E, Sirotkin believes that Formula E is a championship that every young driver wants to be a part of.
“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,” stated Sirotkin.
“More technical solutions appear in these cars and they are progressing rapidly. I drove a Formula E car in 2016 but now the car generation has changed it will be interesting to try the difference. I’m looking forward for this great experience with Mahindra Racing.”
Sirotkin will be joined by Sam Dejonghe for the test that takes place in two weeks time. Dejonghe is currently the 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.
“Although I want to enjoy the overall race weekend, the goal for the rookie test is simple; I want to help the team develop a race winning car as soon as possible by providing them with the best possible feedback,” said Dejonghe.