Paul Di Resta, who spent the 2017 Formula 1 season as a reserve driver for Williams Martini Racing and even filled in for Felipe Massa at the Hungarian Grand Prix, is scheduled to take part in the FIA Formula E rookie test at the Marrakesh ePrix, doing so with Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
The team revealed the announcement via their Twitter page on Wednesday, also detailing that Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, will join Di Resta in the rookie test.
Di Resta, in addition to his Formula 1 duties, contested a full 2017 DTM campaign with Mercedes – Di Resta is a former DTM champion – and is slated to run the Rolex 24 with United Autosport.
The 31-year-old had also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the second Williams F1 seat in 2018, alongside incumbent Lance Stroll. Di Resta even completed a one-day test with Williams in October, but does not appear to be the favorite to land that seat, with Russian young gun Sergey Sirotkin now reportedly in the mix.
“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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