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Marciello’s Rome Debut Possible; Double Duty Necessary

Raffaele Marciello could make his FE debut in Rome but will likely have a double-duty weekend…

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Raffaele Marciello could pull off a double duty weekend in April, making his ABB FIA Formula E Championship race debut at the Rome E-Prix before competing in the Blancpain GT Series at Monza.

The Mercedes-AMG factory driver is testing for GEOX Dragon in the Mexico City in-season test today, driving Jose Maria Lopez’s Penske EV-3 with a view to replacing Felipe Nasr at Rome on April 13, e-racing365 understands.

Nasr, who made his race debut with the team on Saturday, has prior commitments in Long Beach on the Rome weekend, as part of his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title defense with Action Express Racing.

Should a deal be concluded for reigning Blancpain GT champion Marciello to race in Rome, he would have to get clearance from both Mercedes-AMG and the FIA to pull off the plan.

A return to Blancpain GT hasn’t been officially confirmed for the Italian, although he’s expected to return for at least the Endurance Cup (of which Monza is the season-opener), likely with French squad AKKA ASP.

Both qualifying and the race at Monza will take place on Sunday, which could allow Marciello to travel from Rome to the northern Italian circuit on Saturday evening.

Other drivers have completed similar feats between the series, including Alexander Sims, during his role as a reserve driver at Andretti, and Maro Engel.

Marciello Targets Season Six Race Seat

Marciello made it clear he’s targeting a race seat in Formula E next season as he undertakes his second test in as many months today.

The 24-year-old began his career in single-seaters and won the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2013, before a three-season stint in GP2.

He made the full-time switch to GT racing in 2017 and became a Mercedes-AMG factory driver at the start of last season.

“At the moment we just see how it goes at the test then we look at what is possible for the future,” Marciello told e-racing365.

“I’d like to drive for GEOX Dragon next season, yes of course, and I will try to take the opportunity.

“I am searching to be in Formula E next season so we found this opportunity at GEOX Dragon so I am happy to be here for the test.”

In addition to his GEOX Dragon call-up, Marciello also tested for HWA Racelab in Marrakesh last month.

“I enjoyed the test with HWA and obviously it is different to the cars I have driven [previously] with the regen and the braking you do,” he said.

“But it has four tires and it’s a car so you need to adapt and I am good at this.

“It was yes and no for me on single-seaters because there is always maybe Indy or Formula E and you never know what can happen in the future in this business.”

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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