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Derani Tests for Mahindra, Targeting Formula E Drive

Two-time 12H Sebring winner Derani tests with Mahindra, targeting Formula E drive…

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Two-time Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring winner Pipo Derani recently tested for Mahindra Racing and has ambitions for a future drive in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship star completed a full day of testing in Spain last week in Mahindra’s development M5Electro Gen-2 car, e-racing365 has learned.

The 24-year-old Brazilian has had a successful endurance racing career since making the switch from single-seaters, including two Sebring wins, a Rolex 24 at Daytona victory and a GTE-Pro runner-up finish at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans.

His single-seater experience includes winning two British Formula 3 International Series races in 2012 and a podium finish at the 2013 Macau Grand Prix.

“I enjoyed the test and getting to know the Mahindra team and the new Formula E car which was very interesting to experience,” Derani told e-racing365.

“I’m very thankful to Dilbagh Gill and his team for giving me the opportunity to run and I would absolutely love to get more laps behind the wheel of the M5Electro soon.”

“The team was highly impressive and organized and it is easy to see why they have enjoyed race winning success in the last two seasons.”

The Mahindra test comes off the back of several other tests for Derani, including an IndyCar run with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports last year and an invitation to the FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test with Toyota Gazoo Racing in 2016.

Derani says he is targeting a future role in Formula E, as well as furthering his burgeoning endurance racing career.

“I am open to what happens in the future but I am ambitious because I know that I can win races and challenge for titles,” he said.

“Formula E is a great progressive area of motorsport and one that we are looking at closely. With teams of the caliber of Mahindra it is a very attractive championship to come in to if an opportunity becomes available.”

Mahindra is known to be looking for at least one new driver for the upcoming season with Nick Heidfeld highly unlikely to continue in the series.

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

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    August 8, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Bad sign for the future of ESM that Derani is stuck looking for drive in FE.

  2. Hap Silverman

    August 9, 2018 at 8:05 am

    How did he do in Indy Lights? All these testing opportunities without any takers isn’t a good sign. I’m not a fan.

  3. dan

    August 9, 2018 at 8:40 am

    derani is like bitch. driving for so many different teams

    • jaysfan

      August 12, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      No, he’s a race car driver and that’s what they do, go wherever the opportunity to race

  4. A Sleeper From Pittsburg

    August 9, 2018 at 9:34 am

    How embarrassing to see another great sports car driver ending up in the toy racing club.

  5. Mart

    August 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    ABB FIA Formula E Championship. call it Formula E, bunch of nerds

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