BMW factory driver Joel Eriksson has been appointed GEOX Dragon’s test and reserve driver in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and will take part in next weekend’s rookie test.
The Swede will drive Dragon’s Penske EV-4 for the first time in the Marrakesh rookie test on March 1, marking his second outing in a Formula E car, after driving in the same test two years ago.
For the last two years he competed in DTM but won’t continue in the German series. He is, however, expected to continue in a program with BMW this year.
“I am thrilled to get the opportunity to drive a Formula E car again, this time in the Penske EV-4,” he said.
“The technology has come a long way in these two years, and the current Gen 2 cars are incredible.
“Formula E is growing every day and has a very different approach compared with other racing series, but that’s why it’s such a great challenge. I’m very excited for the Marrakesh test and the rest of the season with GEOX DRAGON.”
Adds team owner and principal Jay Penske: “It is critical to have top drivers to maximize the impact of our investments in our facilities, simulation tools, and personnel at both our LA headquarters and Silverstone race shop.
“I am pleased with the work Joel has already done in this regard as he is both a rapid and technically effective young racer.
“I look forward to his test in Marrakesh, and I expect him to continue to provide valuable feedback on the development of this season’s race package.”