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De Silvestro, Preining Get Porsche Formula E Roles

Porsche signs Simona de Silvestro and Thomas Preining as Formula E support drivers…

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Simona de Silvestro and Thomas Preining have been confirmed as test and development drivers within the new TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team.

The pair will be used as a support drivers alongside the already announced race driver pairing of Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani.

De Silvestro, who counts 12 Formula E starts to her name and two points finishes in 2016 with Andretti, has been confirmed as a full Porsche factory driver and will attend some Formula E races in her new role.

Last season she held a similar position at Venturi and took part in the mid-season test in Saudi Arabia.

“It is a great honor to work for this prestigious brand,” said de Silvestro.

“I am really looking forward to my new role as test and development driver for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.

“Over the last few years, I have gained a lot of experience from my previous involvements in Formula E. I will do my best to help Porsche on the road to success.”

E-racing365 understands that Preining will attend Porsche’s first Formula E race at Ad Diriyah in November but will not test one of the cars at this stage.

De Silvestro is unable to attend the race due to a clashing commitment in the Australian Supercars Championship at Newcastle where she will complete her season with Kelly Racing. She will be at the promoter’s test in Valencia later this month.

Preining has raced exclusively in sports cars since 2016 when he competed in the ADAC Formel 4 series.

Since that time the 21-year-old has raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Porsche Supercup in which he finished third last year. He has been part of Porsche’s Young Professional driver program since 2017.

“I have followed Formula E closely from the word ‘go’,” commented Preining.

“I am very excited to see what it feels like to drive the Porsche 99X Electric on the track. It is great to be able to support Porsche in its debut season in Formula E and to be a part of this future-oriented project from the outset.”

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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