De Silvestro confirmed at Andretti for Formula E finale


IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro will make her debut in the FIA Formula E series at the finale of its inaugural season in London at the end of the month.

De Silvestro completed a show-run using a Formula E car in Switzerland earlier this year, and expressed her desire to compete in the series one day once her schedule allowed.

Given that the Swiss racer is without a drive for the time being, an opportunity has arisen with the Andretti Formula E team for de Silvestro to race alongside Jean-Eric Vergne at the London ePrix.

Andretti FE has fielded a number of drivers so far this season, with IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in Moscow, taking over from Scott Speed who had held the seat before him.

De Silvestro raced in the opening two rounds of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with Andretti, finishing fourth in Louisiana. She also took part in the Indianapolis 500, finishing 19th overall.

Andretti will not be the only team making a change to its line-up for the final double-header of the season. Amlin Aguri will need to find a replacement driver for Antonio Felix da Costa due to a clash with a race in the DTM championship, whilst Vitantonio Liuzzi is unable to race with Trulli thanks to a prior racing commitment.

The London ePrix is set to draw the curtain on the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E championship, with four drivers still in contention to win the drivers’ title.

The two races are set to take place around the grounds of Battersea Park in central London, with the circuit being described by ePrix winner Jerome d’Ambrosio as “a big challenge”.