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Sirotkin to Test for Mahindra in Marrakesh

Sergey Sirotkin gets Formula E test opportunity with Mahindra in Marrakesh…

Photo: SMP Racing/Mahindra

Former Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin will test for Mahindra Racing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s Marrakesh rookie test later this month.

The Russian will join Mahindra’s simulator and development driver Sam Dejonghe at the test which takes place on Sunday, Jan. 13, the day after the Marrakesh E-Prix.

E-racing365 reported last month that 23-year-old Sirotkin was in the running for a drive in the second in-season Formula E test.

“Formula E is now one of the most rapidly developing championships,” he said. “The competition here is at very high level.

“More manufacturers are entering the series as they are confident that electric cars have strong future potential. More technical solutions appear in these cars and they are progressing rapidly.

“I drove a Formula E car in 2016 but now the car generation has changed it will be interesting to try the difference. I’m looking forward for this great experience with Mahindra Racing.”

Dejonghe will also drive for the Indian-entered team in Morocco, as part of his duties as development driver.

“I am delighted to announce that Sergey and Sam will be testing for us in Marrakesh in the rookie test,” commented team principal Dilbagh Gill.

“Sergey has shown from a very young age that he is extremely talented and we are very happy that he is available to contribute to our Season Five testing program – I’m sure his involvement is going to prove valuable given his experience.

“I’m also very happy to be able to provide Sam with the opportunity of taking part in an all teams test for the second time.

“He has been working very hard with our engineering team for over a year on our development programme and is a valuable part of our team.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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