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Surprise Formula E Test for Bruni

Ex-F1 driver Giannmaria Bruni took part in a recent Formula E test with the Venturi team, e-racing365 can reveal….

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Ex-Formula One driver Gianmaria Bruni took part in a recent Formula E test with the Venturi team, e-racing365 can reveal.

The Italian, who is a Porsche-contracted driver, undertook several laps at a secret location in the South of France last month.

It was the first time Bruni had driven a contemporary single-seater since racing car since 2006 when he won two races for the Trident GP2 team.

Bruni joined Maro Engel and Brendon Hartley at the test, which is understood to have been instigated by Porsche to learn more about the all-electric formula and effectively place another of its contracted drivers with a team ahead of its own entry in to the championship in 2019.

A team source told eracing365 that Bruni “was everything we expected: professional, curious and obviously very good. He really took things seriously but also obviously enjoyed himself.”

It remains to be seen if Bruni could figure as a potential outsider choice to join Engel at Venturi for the fourth Formula E season, which kicks off in Hong Kong in December

Rossiter Also Given Venturi Run

The fourth driver to test for Venturi last month was current Super GT and FIA World Endurance Championship driver James Rossiter.

The British driver also undertook “a good number of laps and was pretty impressive” according to a team source.

Rossiter, who first sampled Formula E power in an unofficial shakedown test at the Berlin ePrix in May, is believed to be contention for the drive along with Hartley, Bruni and Tom Dillmann.

Dillmann, who raced in seven ePrixs for Venturi last season, scoring points in four of his appearances, did not test in the South of France with the four other drivers. Instead, the 28 year-old former Formula V8 3.5 Series champion undertook a separate test developing aspects of Venturi’s Season 4 package.

A decision on Venturi’s lineup is expected to be made public later this month ahead of the official FIA deadline for entries on Oct. 20.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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