Audi Formula E Test
As the season’s only test, the important task is undertaken by Kelvin van der Linde and Mattia Drudi. The Audi Formula E rookie test in Marrakesh sees both youngsters from South Africa and Italy, experience in the fully electric series, as well as, support the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler squad with its development work.
Although Kelvin and Mattia have been part of the Audi family for a long time, they have previously been part of different disciplines. With Drudi joining Audi in February 2019 and Kelvin becoming part of the team in 2015, both drivers have previously raced under the Audi name.
“The test is a completely new challenge and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never driven a single-seater before, so there’s a lot to learn, because the demands on Formula E drivers are particularly complex and more varied than in GT racing. I’ve been following the series for ages and I have noticed how it’s becoming increasingly important, especially in light of climate discussions. Although I come from South Africa, this will actually be my first visit to another African country.”
Kelvin van der Linde
“I’ve always supported the Formula E project with my simulator work. It’s cool to now join the Audi team on a race weekend. I’m looking forward to working with this squad. “I’ll be there the whole weekend and I’m excited to see what the procedures and the atmosphere are like at the track. On television, the races look really exhilarating and the drivers and fans seem to have a great time. Gaining experience in driving the real car will also be important for my work in the simulator.”
Regular drivers, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, are set to tackle the fifth Formula E race in Marrakesh the day before the test, making Kelvin van der Linde and Mattia Drudi’s support invaluable for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team.
“We are all looking forward to having Mattia and Kelvin on track in our cars, they have both been in our simulator and will be working closely with our engineers preparing themselves for the rookie test. They will get lots of time in the car, in fact more than Daniel and Lucas will have during the race day, and we want to give them a real feeling for Formula E, while at the same time helping us to prepare for the next races.”
Team Principal Allan McNish
Slip into a morning and afternoon session, the rookie test will take place on 1st March 2020. Only drivers who have never contested a Formula E race and who do not hold an E-license are permitted to take part.
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