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Pau GP set to welcome Formula E show run this weekend

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The legendary Pau Grand Prix Formula 3 event will get a taste of the future this weekend as two cars from the FIA Formula E series grace the streets of the French circuit.

Pau first played host to a grand prix back in 1933, and has been a race for a variety of different specification cars including Formula 1 (non-championship events), F2, WTCC and International F3000.

In recent years, it has become one of the most prestigious events on the F3 circuit, joining the calendar for the FIA F3 European Championship back in 2012.

However, it will play host to two Formula E cars this weekend as Jerome d’Ambrosio, Mike Parisy and Esteban Ocon complete show-runs for the fans that have made it down to the circuit in the south of France.

It will create a three-weekend run of Formula E action for d’Ambrosio, who finished fourth at the inaugural Monaco ePrix last Saturday. The Frenchman will return to racing at the Berlin ePrix on May 23.

Ocon will step into the car fresh from his first run in a 2015-spec F1 car in Barcelona on Wednesday, when he replaced Pascal Wehrlein at Force India for a test day after the German came down with illness.

In qualifying at Pau, British youngster Jake Dennis secured pole position for all three races on Friday. However, it will only be the winner of Sunday’s race that is officially regarded as the winner of the Pau Grand Prix and will join an illustrious list of victors that includes Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Jim Clark.