Nelson Piquet jr. and Ho-Pin Tung will be driving the Team China Racing Formula E cars in the inaugural season of the all-electric championship. Meanwhile Spanish driver Antonio Garcia will act as the team’s official reserve driver for the first season.
Piquet jr. is son of three time F1 world champion Nelson Piquet and has experience in a variety of top motorsport categories including British Formula 3, A1GP, GP2, NASCAR and Formula One where he raced for the Renault F1 Team in 2008 and 2009. The Brazilian is also currently leading the Global Rallycross championship. He recently tested the car during simulation days and drove on the Donington Park track again on Tuesday during the final pre-season test.
“I am honoured to be driving in the inaugural season of Formula E”, Piquet jr. said. “I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of racing in a variety of racing series, so I’m delighted to race in this very interesting new concept in motorsport. I look forward to help Team China Racing establishing themselves in the sport.”
Ho-Pin Tung missed out most of the testing expect of last Tuesday. However, Tung was one of the first drivers who got the chance to test drive the development car earlier in the year. Tung was the first Chinese driver to test a Formula 1 car, testing for Williams F1 in 2003, in addition to testing for Renault in 2009. The 31-year-old has also competed in the Asian Le Mans Series and the Asian Carerra Cup, as well A1GP, GP2, Superleague and IndyCar and will be the only driver on ‘home soil’ when the first ever Formula E race – the Beijing ePrix – gets underway on September 13.
“Nelson has proven time and again his ability to perform at the highest level across a range of different racing formats and this was a key factor in our decision to sign him to Team China Racing”, Steven Lu, CEO of Team China Racing motivated. “In his tests at Donington Nelson was very quick and we believe the team has signed one of the most talented drivers on the grid. Ho-Pin has been our driver since the start of Team China, I trust he will be a great team-mate with Nelson in the championship, and I wish they could win in Beijing in front of thousands of local fans.”
In-depth exclusive stories about Piquet jr. and Tung will follow shortly.
The first race starts on September 13 in Beijing. More information about the event, the track and tickets can be found here.