From future stars to ex-F1 racers: 23 names to know for System E’s rookie check

System 1 first launched younger driver assessments in 2009 and now mandates groups run inexperienced drivers in at the least two observe periods per season whereas testing days are diminished. System E has tried to comply with an analogous strategy, with rookie assessments in 2018, ’19 and ’20.

The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted FE’s potential to host in-season assessments, therefore it tried to pursue an F1-style mandate for groups to run rookies in observe for this season. That was met with little help from the groups themselves. However subsequent week the rookie check format will return in Berlin on the day after the collection races on the Tempelhof airfield.

Except for having not participated in a FE occasion earlier than, the factors for entry eligibility into the check specifies that drivers should possess an FIA Worldwide Grade B licence, 20 superlicence factors (or have beforehand held a superlicence to compete in F1), haven’t have already accomplished two days of FE testing because the finish of the earlier season and to have accomplished a particular coaching session on electrical security and options of FE automobiles.

From that standards, FE’s 11 groups have been capable of choose a big selection of drivers and a few who could properly race within the championship, and even in F1, sooner or later.

Ferrari’s Shwartzman will seem in System E rookie testFour groups have chosen to make use of former F1 drivers for the check, with Mahindra selecting Roberto Merhi, NIO 333 working Daniil Kvyat, DS Penske calling upon McLaren’s F1 simulator driver Will Stevens and Envision Racing giving an opportunity to Jack Aitken.

Merhi is presently racing within the S5000 single-seater collection in Australia, whereas Kvyat is a title contender within the World Endurance Championship’s LMP2 class and spent final yr racing in NASCAR.

Mahindra are the one group to name up three drivers for his or her two automobiles, as Merhi shares driving duties with former IndyCar racer Jordan King – who has been Mahindra’s simulator and growth driver for over two years – and the group’s new reserve driver Jehan Daruvala who’s in his fourth season of System 2.

A number of of his previous and current F2 rivals will even be in motion on the check, together with reigning champion Felipe Drugovich (Maserati), 2021 runner-up and Ferrari F1 reserve driver Robert Shwartzman (DS Penske), 2019 title contender Luca Ghiotto (Nissan), rookies Zane Maloney (Andretti Autosprt) and Victor Martins (Nissan), present DTM racer Aitken and David Beckmann.

Felipe DrugovichFelipe DrugovichAston Martin check driver Drugovich will seem for MaseratiPorsche’s choice to run Beckmann is probably probably the most vital addition to the entry checklist. He’s strongly tipped to make his FE race debut later this season in Jakarta with the Porsche-powered Andretti, taking the place of normal driver Andre Lotterer who has a schedule conflict attributable to his Le Mans 24 Hours commitments.

Some groups have taken the braver selection of selecting drivers with much less automobile racing expertise for the upcoming check, however these drivers are eligible for the check due to the superlicence factors picked up by their performances in collection decrease down the single-seater ladder.

Envision has chosen former Crimson Bull junior Jonny Edgar. His F3 rivals Hugh Barter and Luke Browning will even be in motion with Maserati and McLaren respectively. Browning received the Aston Martin-supported BRDC younger driver award final yr, and it’s understood an unnamed F1 group is supporting his racing this season.

One rung beneath that group is Tim Tramnitz, a teenaged System Regional sophomore who will check for Abt Cupra alongside eTouring Automotive World Cup champion Adrien Tambay. Whereas Tambay has intensive single-seater expertise, profitable in GP3 and Auto GP, his fellow touring automobile stars getting an FE call-up don’t.

Mikel Azcona completed fifth behind Tambay in ETCR final yr, however received the World Touring Automotive Cup for conventionally-powered automobiles and as a manufacturing facility Hyundai driver additionally received final yr’s Nurburgring 24 Hours.

Simon Evans will get in his brother Mitch’s Jaguar for the check. His automobile racing profession began in System Ford however has primarily been spent in touring and sports activities automobile collection at house in New Zealand. He has expertise of many FE tracks, having received the supporting Jaguar I-Tempo eTrophy collection three years in the past and taking three of his 5 victories in Jaguar’s electrical SUV on the Berlin monitor.

Andretti will check Crimson Bull junior MaloneyAlongside him at Jaguar can be reigning DTM champion Sheldon van der Linde. The South African additionally has a sibling hyperlink to FE, his brother Kelvin having contested three races at Abt Cupra this season as an alternative choice to the injured Robin Frijns. Van der Linde is a manufacturing facility BMW driver, and represents the model in GT3 sports activities automobiles and top-level Hypercars in collection throughout the globe.

The remaining check entrants are reigning Indy Nxt champion Linus Lundqvist, who is ready to announce his racing plans for the yr quickly after lacking out on a commencement to IndyCar, and can be testing for Andretti. Manufacturing facility Aston Martin sports activities automobile driver Charlie Eastwood will drive for McLaren.

Yifei Ye is because of seem for Porsche. The 2020 Euroformula and 2021 Asian and European Le Mans Sequence champion has a works relationship with Porsche through its Asia Pacific division, which frequently means he will get racing alternatives in that area, however he’s additionally being ready by the marque for a future which is already confirmed to incorporate a Hypercar programme and probably FE sooner or later.

Whereas many FE groups deal with the rookie check as a chance to focus totally on automobile growth, given it’s their solely in-season check alternative, there was a historical past of drivers impressing in these assessments and later incomes race seats. Maximilian Guenther, Nick Cassidy and Alexander Albon are among the many most notable examples, though Albon was poached by the AlphaTauri F1 group earlier than he was capable of make his FE debut.

System E rookie check line-upTeamDriver20232022JaguarSimon Evans2nd in Toyota 86 NZ champioonshipJaguarSheldon van der LindeDTM, IMSA & Intercontinental GTCDTM championEnvision RacingJack AitkenDTM & IMSA4th in ADAC GT Masters, eleventh in European LMSEnvision RacingJonny EdgarF312th in F3Andretti AutosportLinus LundqvistIndy Nxt championAndretti AutosportZane MaloneyF22nd in F3PorscheDavid BeckmannFE & WEC18th in F2PorscheYifei YeWEC5th in European LMS, eighth in ALMS (GT)MahindraJehan DaruvalaF27th in F2MahindraJordan KingNo racingNo racingMahindraRoberto MerhiS500020th in F2, 14th in SuperF LightsNissanLuca GhiottoNo racing11th in GTWC Europe Dash CupNissanVictor MartinsF2F3 championNIO 333Mikel AzconaTCR World TourWTCR champion, fifth in ETCR, Nurburgring 24H winner (TCR)NIO 333Daniil KvyatWECNASCAR Cup SeriesDS PenskeRobert ShwartzmanGTWC EuropeNo racingDS PenskeWill StevensWEC14th in IMSA, FIA Endurance Trophy winner (LMP2)Abt CupraAdrien TambayETCR championAbt CupraTim TramnitzFRegional Europe15th in FRegional EuropeMcLarenLuke BrowningF3 & FRegional Center EastGB3 champion, eleventh in F4 UAEMcLarenCharlie EastwoodAsian LMS, European LMS & WEC (GTE Am)eighth in European LMS, fifth in Asian LMS (GT)MaseratiHugh BarterF32nd in French F4, 2nd in Spanish F4MaseratiFelipe DrugovichF2 champion

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