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Pietro Fittipaldi to Test for Jaguar

Pietro Fittipaldi will drive a Formula E car for the first time with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh next month….

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Pietro Fittipaldi will get his first taste of a Formula E car next month, having been lined up to test for Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s in the Formula E Rookie Test in Marrakesh.

The recently crowned Formula V8 3.5 champion will spend the day with the Indian-owned British manufacturer and one of its Jaguar I-Type 2 Formula E cars.

As revealed by e-racing365 in September, the Brazilian has long held an interest in trying a Formula E car after visiting the all-electric championship in Berlin in June.

The 22 year-old is believed to be looking at a potential Formula Two program for next year and recently tested for both the Trident the Arden International teams in Abu Dhabi.

“I think for every driver, Formula E is now very interesting, especially with the technology and all the manufacturers coming in now,” Fittipaldi told e-racing365 in September.

Fittipaldi, who is a close friend of Jaguar driver Nelson Piquet Jr, will be one of the anticipated two drivers to drive for the team in Morocco, with the identity of the second rookie not yet defined.

Jaguar is expected to confirm its lineup before the end of the year.

‘The Big Cat’ claimed its first Formula E podium finish in Hong Kong earlier this month after Mitch Evans was credited with third after the post-race disqualification of on-the-road winner Daniel Abt.

It currently sits fifth in the teams’ championship with 27 points, equaling the same amount of points the manufacturer scored during its entire rookie campaign in 2016/17.

E-racing365 understands that Nyck de Vries, Jordan King, Jack Hawksworth, Nabil Jeffri, Daniil Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer are among other drivers that have been in discussions with teams for seats in the Rookie Test on Jan. 14, the day following the Marrakesh E-Prix.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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