Preparations for the second FIA Formula E season may already be well underway, but the teams will all come together at Donington Park in England on Monday for the first time since the London ePrix back in June.
The two-day test marks the first official pre-season running ahead of the 2015-2016 campaign, and will see the teams pit their new cars up against each other out on track for the first time.
Ahead of the test, the final pieces of the driver market puzzle have recently been falling into place, so here is a quick run-down of what we know for season two.
The defending champion team is yet to confirm its line-up for season two, and little has been said of Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost. Buemi came close to winning the title in London, only for a spin during the second race to ultimately cause him to lose out to Nelson Piquet Jr. Prost was impressive at times, but too inconsistent to mount a title challenge. Nothing is confirmed, but most are expecting both drivers to be retained by e.dams for season two.
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
ABT was the first team to confirm its line-up for season two, retaining championship contender Lucas di Grassi and German driver Daniel Abt after a solid first campaign.
Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
Amlin Andretti had been expected to continue with its line-up from London in season two, partnering Jean-Eric Vergne with Simona de Silvestro. However, now that Vergne has moved to DS Virgin Racing, one seat remains unclear. De Silvestro is yet to officially be confirmed by the team, but team boss Michael Andretti has been quoted as saying that she will be kept on. The second seat is likely to be shared by a number of Andretti-affiliated drivers, just as we saw in season one.
NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team
NEXTEV was quick to snap up season one champion Piquet for a second campaign, but the other seat still remains unclaimed. Oliver Turvey enjoyed an impressive debut outing in Formula E with the team in London, and may be an option once again.
After a hugely impressive first season in the series, Jerome d’Ambrosio has been retained by Dragon Racing, and the Belgian will be keen to build on his fourth-place finish in the standings. His teammate is still to be announced, but a report from motorsport.com claims that Loic Duval will continue with the American team in season two.
DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team
Virgin Racing has joined forces with Citroen-offshoot DS Automobiles for season two, and has made a big statement of intent by securing the servies of Ferrari F1 development driver Jean-Eric Vergne. The Frenchman will race alongside Sam Bird, who stays on with Virgin after an impressive first season in Formula E. Jaime Alguersuari will not return to Formula E for season two due to ongoing medical concerns that forced him out of the London ePrix.
Mahindra Racing Formula E Team
Mahindra is yet to confirm either of its drivers for season two, but change is definitely on the horizon. Karun Chandhok confirmed earlier this week that he would not be returning to Formula E for season two after a difficult first campaign, freeing up one seat. Bruno Senna has not been confirmed, but has taken part in much of the team’s private testing, as shown in a video released by Mahindra earlier this week. Expect the Brazilian to be retained.
Team Aguri has endured a difficult off-season so far after parting company with title sponsor Amlin (now with Andretti). However, the Japanese team will be hoping to build on its tally of one victory from season one, even if its drivers remain TBC. Pedro de la Rosa tested for the team at Donington Park last month alongside season one driver Salvador Duran, whilst Formula Renault 3.5 driver Tom Dillmann will test in the next few days.
Trulli Formula E Team
Trulli confirmed to MotorSportsTalk earlier this month that no official announcement had been made regarding its driver line-up for season two, but reports claim that Vitantonio Liuzzi will be retained to race alongside Jarno Trulli. After a tough first year in Formula E, the Italian outfit will be hoping for better this time around.
Venturi Formula E Team
Venturi pulled off arguably the biggest driver coup in Formula E’s short history by securing ex-CART and F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve for season two. He will race alongside Stephane Sarrazin, who stays on following the first campaign.