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Haryanto Set for Formula E Test

Former F1 driver Rio Haryanto is set to make his Formula E testing debut at the official Valencia test days next month.

Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Ex-Formula One driver Rio Haryanto could make his Formula E testing debut at the official Valencia test days next month.

The Indonesian driver is in talks to undertake laps at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in an as yet unconfirmed car.

An ‘independent’ Formula E run Spark-Renault could be one option, as Haryanto continues to evaluate his racing future.

The 24 year-old is understood by e-racing365 to be interested in joining Formula E and has held discussions with at least one of the ten current teams to potentially undertake a reserve driver role in Season Four.

The ex-Manor F1 driver competed in 12 Grand Prix last year, with a best finish of 15th at Monaco.

Prior to that, Haryanto became the first Indonesian to win a major FIA single-seater race when he triumphed in the Bahrain GP2 race in 2015. This was the first of three wins in the F1 feeder series.

Potentially also joining Haryanto at the Valencia test will also be ex-Champ Car race winner Patrick Carpentier and Moroccan driver Michael Benyahia.

Carpentier is in line to try a Formula E car as part of his Montreal ePrix organisation and ambassadorial role, while current Formula Renault driver Benyahia will run as part of the build up to the second Marrakesh ePrix in January.

All three are expected to get their laps during the four-day Valencia test, which begins on Oct. 2.

Sam Smith is e-racing365’s Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Paul GOVAN

    September 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    FE tests and trials in Spain – so how come:
    1) still no race in Spain
    2) Formula E removed from Spanish TV in Season TWO.
    Ironic and almost scandalous – especially given the fact that FE founder Agag hails from Madrid.
    Same old Spanish combustion+gasoline “mafias” hard at work to keep Formula E off the radar ?
    Paul G (EVUK)

    • Sam Smith

      September 24, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Spain has been relatively and surprisingly free of intrigue when it comes to a potential race. I’ve never heard Barcelona or Madrid mentioned.

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