While Andretti Formula E continues to evaluate candidates for its second full-time driver in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, the American team recently called up one of its own from its stateside outfit. Reigning Pro Mazda champion and Indy Lights rookie Matthew Brabham made his way across the pond to visit with the team at its headquarters in the UK. The 20-year-old took a tour of the brand new facilities at Donington Park and had the opportunity to have a look at the innovative electric cars up close, including taking the Spark Renault SRT-01E out on track for test laps.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for me, and I’m very grateful to Andretti Autosport; they have a fantastic operation going here in the UK,” the third-generation racer said. “The Formula E car is very interesting and complex and I think it has a great future ahead. I believe we got some valuable data from my time in the car, and it was a lot of fun too. I think it’s great for building my experience.”
Brabham is son of four-time IMSA Champion Geoff Brabham and grandson to the late three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. “Matty has a bright racing future ahead of him,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “He’s done a great job for us in Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. As one of our drivers, we were happy to have him visit Donington and learn more about Formula E. We’re very much enjoying having him as a part of the Andretti team and look forward to being a part of his developing career.”
Andretti Autosport signed Franck Montagny for its inaugural season in the FIA Formula E Champonship. The second seat is still vacant. The all-electric racing category kick-off in Beijing mid-September.