A selection of female drivers are set to feature in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s official rookie test next season, which will be moved to Riyadh.
E-racing365 has learned that the test, which was held the day following the Marrakesh E-Prix this year, is likely to take place on Mon. Dec. 17 in the Saudi capital, with at least five women set to be at the wheel of Gen 2 cars.
It comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’ initiative, which has recently seen women now permitted to drive cars on the country’s roads for the first time.
Formula E Holdings has been active in recent weeks with teams to ensure that chances are given to some of the top female racing talent, according to series founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
“It is coming together and we want females in the test to showcase racing these cars competitively on a track in Saudi,” he told e-racing365.
“That is also what the Saudi leadership wants to do, to use Formula E to continue their promotion of the big change that the country has undergone and is going through.
“We are really happy to be part of the change and having woman racing these cars is going to be a key part of this.”
Asked whether a female driver could take part in the inaugural Riyadh E-Prix in December, Agag indicated that no extra pressure will come from the series.
Simona de Silverstro (pictured above with Agag), Michela Cerruti and Katherine Legge have been the only women to race in the all-electric series to date.
“I think that is on the teams,” said Agag. “I don’t currently have any indication that a team is planning to hire a female driver for next season, but you know it is up to the teams, so maybe it could happen.”
Additional opportunities for women are believed to be in the mix for the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, which will likely be on the support bill for Formula E in Riyadh.
E-racing365 understands that at least two additional female drivers are likely to join Legge, who was announced last week as the first confirmed driver for the single-make series.