The FIA has released the entry list for the first in-season ABB FIA Formula E Championship test which will take place the day after the Ad Diriyah E-Prix next month.
The list features seven female racers in addition to regular drivers for the six hours of available testing on Sunday Dec. 16.
E-racing365 understands that teams have been incentivized to run female talent at the Saudi test, with the country having allowed women to drive for the first time this year.
This has taken the form of teams being able to run two cars should they offer an opportunity to a female racer to be part of the test day.
At least one additional female driver could be confirmed for the test.
As revealed yesterday by e-racing365, Simona de Silvestro will make her debut as an official test driver with Venturi, while Tatiana Calderon will run with DS Techeetah alongside either Andre Lotterer or Jean-Eric Vergne.
“I’m incredibly eager to test the DS E-TENSE FE19 in December,” said Calderon. “Formula E is a really exciting space and it’s great to be able to get a sense of the series through the test.
“It will be the first time that I will drive a fully-electric racing car on track, so I’m curious to find out how I will have to adapt my driving style to drive the car in the most efficient way.”
Formula 3 race winner Jamie Chadwick will also get an opportunity with NIO at the running.
The 20 year-old attended the Valencia test last month and is known to have undertaken a simulator session with the Chinese squad recently.
E-racing365 understands that HWA Racelab was scheduled to run Sophia Floersch at the test but the current F3 driver is recovering from surgery after sustaining an injury in her dramatic Macau Grand Prix accident on Sunday. The team is keeping options open as to whether it looks for a replacement.
Also detailed by e-racing365 last week, BMW i Andretti Motorsport will utilize Dutch racer Beitske Visser who is affiliated with the German manufacturer.
Mahindra will run former Formula E race driver Katherine Legge who will already be in Saudi Arabia competing in the inaugural Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY race.
The current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver took part the first two Formula E races for Super Aguri at the end of 2014.
Envision Virgin Racing has confirmed Amna Al Qubaisi, meanwhile, as reported by e-racing365 on Monday.
Carmen Jorda will get an outing with Nissan e.dams as the Spanish former GP3 driver follows up her brief Gen 1 car test in Mexico City with her fast taste of Gen 2 machinery.
Jaguar, Audi Opt for One Car Only
Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler have each chosen to run a single car at the Ad Diriyah test.
Audi will give official test driver Nico Mueller a second public outing after he made his Formula E on-track debut at Marrakesh last January, while Jaguar will run Mitch Evans.
“Mitch Evans will drive the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 during the Ad Diriyah E-Prix test day on Dec. 16 for Panasonic Jaguar Racing,” a Jaguar spokesperson told e-racing365.
“Our focus will be to continue the optimization of the car and team performance following the experience gained in Round 1 of the championship.
“We fully support equal opportunities and Jaguar is supporting women in racing through the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.
“We are proud that Celia Martin and Katherine Legge will line up on the grid at the inaugural race with every opportunity for success.”
E-racing365 understands that GEOX Dragon’s options are open and it could still run a female driver even though it did not nominate one by the FIA’s deadline for nominations last Friday afternoon.