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Marrakesh to Host Rookie Test

The in-season test day allocated for rookie drivers in the FIA Formula E Championship will take place immediately after the Marrakesh E-Prix on Sunday Jan.14 2018….

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The in-season test day allocated for rookie drivers in the FIA Formula E Championship will take place immediately after the Marrakesh E-Prix on Sunday Jan 14, e-racing365 has learned.

It’s believed that up to six hours of running will be available at the test and teams will be allowed to run a maximum of two drivers per team, but only those not currently holding an e-license.

Unanimous approval for the test to take place in Marrakesh was reached during a meeting held at the official pre-season test in Valencia last month.

Among the drivers likely to test are British trio Jordan King, Harry Tincknell and Jolyon Palmer.

King and Tincknell have already sampled Formula E cars, with the former having driven for Mahindra last summer and current factory Ford GT driver Tincknell having experienced laps with Jaguar in August and again with NIO in September.

Another British driver, Jack Hawksworth, is also known to be speaking with teams about another testing opportunity. The ex-IndyCar driver also tested for Mahindra at the Calafat test track last July.

Should Hawksworth find a berth it won’t be with Mahindra, however. The Indian team confirmed to e-racing365 that it will run Daniel Juncadella and Belgian driver Sam Dejonghe in Marrakesh.

Juncadella gets his second run in a Formula E car after his recent experience in Valencia, while Dejonghe will undertake a surprise outing, having not driven a single seater competitively since the 2015-16 MRF Challenge.

Former Renault F1 driver Palmer was in discussions with the Techeetah team in late summer about a potential role before Andre Lotterer was announced.

Also in the frame to get an outing is World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi.

E-Racing365 revealed in September that Fittipaldi was actively pursuing a chance to get seat time in a Formula E car.

Other possible drivers that may also get an outing at the test include Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi.

Both of the ex F1 drivers are known to be high priority favored drivers by Formula E Holdings Ltd. to be a part of the all-electric championship in the future. Kobayashi is known to have been in discussions with a team recently about a potential drive in Season Four.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, meanwhile, is believed to be considering Nyck de Vries. The Formula 2 race-winner has significant Formula E experience already through his development work with Spark Technologies in 2014 and 2015 on the original series car.

The Venturi Formula E team is set to run official development driver Michael Benyahia as one of its two allocated drivers at the venue of his home event.

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

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