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Formula 3 runner-up Joel Eriksson to get Formula E rookie test after Marrakesh race

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For Swedish racer Joel Eriksson, it’ll be a situation of going from “3 to E.”

The 19-year-old Eriksson finished runner-up in FIA Formula 3 last season. Now, he’s preparing for a Formula E rookie test for DS Virgin Racing.

The test, which will also include one other still-to-be-named driver, will take place Jan. 14, one day after Round 3 of the 2017-18 Formula E Championship at Marrakesh’s Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan.

Eriksson will pilot a Formula E race-winning DSV-03, the first time he’s been behind the wheel since last season’s Formula 3 effort when he earned seven wins and 14 podium appearances.

“Formula E has a wealth of very talented drivers so it’s great to be experiencing this first hand and getting my first taste of electric racing,” Eriksson said in a media release. “DS Virgin Racing are a proven race-winning team so I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel.”

Eriksson was voted 27th in a recent poll by Autosport Magazine of the top 50 drivers of 2017.

“DS Virgin Racing is passionate about nurturing new talent and Joel is one of the most up and coming drivers on the scene right now,” team principal Alex Tai said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in our race-winning machinery.”

Added DS performance director Xavier Mestelan Pinon, “When Joel came in for his simulator session at DS Performance’s HQ, we were impressed with his work rate and how quickly he got up to speed. I am looking forward to seeing him in action on Marrakesh’s circuit to confirm his potential in the Formula E series.”

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.