FIA Formula E: Charles Pic, Matthew Brabham slated for Andretti FE roles

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The mystery to one of the two remaining FIA Formula E seats was answered late Wednesday night with the news Takuma Sato will deputize for Antonio Felix da Costa at Amlin Aguri for this weekend’s Beijing series and season opener.

The other TBA is the identity of Andretti FE’s second driver. Ex-Marussia and Caterham F1 driver Charles Pic will fill the void alongside Franck Montagny. Pic, a Frenchman, had two nondescript seasons in F1 but should be solid alongside his countryman. He’s spent this year as a test driver for Lotus.

“This is very exciting! Formula E is a new challenge and concept, so there is a lot of excitement; you can feel it throughout the team,” Pic said in a team release. “I am very much looking forward to being part of the Andretti Formula-E Team family and to the first round of competition in Beijing.”

Meanwhile Matthew Brabham, who drove for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights this season and Pro Mazda last year, will join the team as reserve driver. Young “Matty Brabs” has tested for Andretti FE this summer in preparation for a possible role with the team.

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: