When the FIA Formula E Championship announced, step by step, the 24 members of its ‘Drivers’ Club’, it was assumed that these top level drivers from series like Formula 1, GP2 and Indycar would be most likely the potential stars of the inaugural Formula E season. But while some occupied themselves with other championships before and during the global electric racing series starts, the Drivers’ Club has been expanded without any announcement from the organisers.
Driver number 36, who will also get a shot in the car during the first public tests early June, is Agustín Payá. The 42-year old driver is the only club member that has dedicated his (race) career to electric cars since 2009. After learning the basics of motor racing in go-karting, Payá switched to endurance racing, drove a Formula 3000 car and fell in love with electric cars in 2009. The Spanish citizen was soon being appointed as development driver for MB electric cars. The past two years the became champion in the Electro Races (ECORaces) in Spain.
“I strongly believe that technological development offered by electric prototypes competition will contribute positive and directly to evolution, improvement and development of electric vehicles: present and future of the mobility and the sustainability in the world,” Payá says.
The first public test session of Formula E is being held early June, while the championship starts in Beijing in September. The full list of drivers and teams committed to Formula E can be found here.