Robin Frijns starred most of the year in the FIA Formula E Championship with Andretti Autosport and had been rumored as a possibility for an IndyCar drive earlier this year.
He’ll have his first crack at it later this month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, on July 21 as part of a rookie test day that also features Indy Lights drivers from either 2015 or 2016.
The MS Amlin Andretti FE team confirmed the news on Thursday. Frijns will be retained for that program into season three.
The young Dutchman finished 12th in this year’s Formula E standings but that didn’t bely his pace or aptitude; poor luck cost him more results. His best result was third at Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Over the London ePrix weekend, Frijns remained coy about his IndyCar chances, but said he would be up for racing anything.
“I would do anything. I love driving cars,” Frijns told NBC Sports.
“Ovals are a different story, I never drove an oval before in my life. I know it’s not easy.
“I know some drivers like Daly and Rossi, I raced against them. We talked a few times and they said that ovals aren’t the easiest thing.
“But yeah, I want to try it for sure.”
Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition
De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.
I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.
“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”
De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.
The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.
“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.
“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”