FIA Formula E Drivers’ Club rounds out its lineup

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A mix of ex-Formula One, American open-wheel and sports car racing veterans round out the FIA Formula E Drivers’ Club, which is the group of drivers who will be picked to race for 10 teams competing in the all-electric championship.

F1’s youngest ever race driver, Jaime Alguersuari, and two other ex-F1 drivers in Robert Doornbos and Christian Klien, are among the eight revealed today. Doornbos also has past American open-wheel experience (in both Champ Car and IndyCar). Others who’ve graced an Indianapolis 500 grid named to the club today include Katherine Legge, a two-time 500 starter and Conor Daly, who made his 500 debut last year.

Sports cars are also represented in this batch with Nicolas Minassian and Ben Collins, and Martin Brundle’s son Alex. Collins, of course, is best known as a one-time “Stig” from BBC’s “Top Gear.”

Daly has F1 testing experience; Minassian is an ex-Peugeot factory driver and ex-open-wheeler, while young Brundle has a budding relationship with Nissan in sports cars. Legge is active now with the DeltaWing program in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The full list is below.

FIA Formula E Championship – Drivers’ Club line-up (total = 24):

Daniel Abt (GER)
Christijan Albers (NLD)
Jaime Alguersuari (ESP)
Marco Andretti (USA)
Sébastien Bourdais (FRA)
Alex Brundle (GBR)
Sebastien Buemi (CHE)
Karun Chandhok (IND)
Ben Collins (GBR)
Conor Daly (USA)
Robert Doornbos (NLD)
Lucas di Grassi (BRA)
John R. Hildebrand Jr. (USA)
Ma Qing Hua (CHN)
Narain Karthikeyan (IND)
Christian Klien (AUT)
Katherine Legge (GBR)
Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA)
Nicolas Minassian (FRA)
Franck Montagny (FRA)
Takuma Sato (JPN)
Bruno Senna (BRA)
Oriol Servia (ESP)
Adrien Tambay (FRA)

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”