Former Audi LMP1 driver Oliver Jarvis is in the market for a drive in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with teams interested in his familiarity with electric motors and regenerative braking systems.
E-racing365 has learned that Jarvis, who currently competes with Mazda Team Joest in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, has been in contact with Formula E teams recently.
He has not competed in single-seaters for almost a decade, since he raced for the British A1 GP team finishing third in the 2007-08 season.
“There has been contact with a few teams recently and I view Formula E as very attractive especially with the second generation of car,” Jarvis told e-racing365.
“I am interested if a good opportunity presents itself because the real attraction of Formula E is simply to go out and compete with a super-strong grid of guys, some of who I have raced against and beaten in the past.”
Jarvis believes that his previous work with Audi and the complex regeneration systems used on the LMP1 hybrid cars in 2014-16 will stand him in good stead should he find an opening in Formula E.
“As a former factory driver who was integral to the development of some similar technical systems that are used in Formula E, I feel I would adapt to it quickly,” he explained.
“There are some crossovers with the energy management, like when the fuel-limit was brought in to WEC and you really had to drive to a set target.
“It is similar, so I think this is part of why you see ex-WEC guys, and especially ex-factory drivers doing so well in Formula E.”
Jarvis would join fellow former Audi LMP1 drivers Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Andre Lotterer in having raced in Formula E, while Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Benoit Treluyer have all tested one.