The Venturi Formula E Team has confirmed that Maro Engel will join the team for the 2016/17 Formula E season.
The German racer, who has previous competed in Formula 3, DTM and V8 Supercars, is the current FIA GT World Cup Champion. He will join Stephane Sarrazin for the team’s third season of all-electric racing.
Engel, 30, who has already tested for the team, said: “Driving in Formula E is really challenging. From the first laps on-track I had very positive feelings. To drive a Venturi Formula E car is a great experience. It is very complex and you need to think ahead to be able to perform. My adaptation went very well as we had time during the testing days to work in very good conditions. I love racing on street circuits and am now really looking forward to the start of season three.”
Meanwhile, Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa will join the Andretti Formula E team for the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship. Piloting the No.28 MS Amlin Andretti car for season three will mark a renewed relationship between da Costa and the global insurance company.
Da Costa claimed his maiden Formula E victory in the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix, and went on to finish eighth overall at the end of the inaugural season. Da Costa finished the 2015/2016 season ranked 13th in the drivers’ standings.
Most recently, da Costa has been preparing for the coming season testing with Andretti Technologies in the TE Connectivity ATEC-002 Formula E test car.
Da Costa completes the Andretti Formula E line-up for the 2016/2017 season, joining Dutchman Robin Frijns in the newly-developed ATEC-002. Season three of the world’s first fully-electric racing series gets underway on October 9 in Hong Kong.