Amlin Aguri Formula E Team confirmed that former F1 driver, Sakon Yamamoto will drive for the final two Formula E races being held in London June 27, 28.
Due to the schedule clash of DTM and the Formula E Championship, Antonio Felix Da Costa will not be available to race in the London ePrix. With that in mind, the Amlin Aguri Formula E Team welcomed Yamamoto.
Despite Formula E is in its inaugural season, Yamamoto has already much expierience with the team. After being third driver for Jordan F1 in 2005, he became the third driver for Super Aguri F1 Team from the British Grand Prix the following year, and he became a race driver from tge German Grand Prix until the end of that season.
In 2007, Yamamoto remained with Super Aguri F1 Team as a test driver while competing in GP2 Series until he signed with Spyker F1 Team to race in Hungarian Grand Prix to the end of the season. Later on he also was test driver for Renault F1 Team, race driver for HRT and reserve for Marussia Virgin. He has competed in total of 21 F1 Grand Prix races.
Yamamoto is one of the few drivers who has not raced but already spent time behind the wheel of a Formula E car, during testing in Homestead, Miami, and he has been keen to race in Formula E ever since.
Sakon Yamamoto said: “I am very excited to be able to race in London ePrix with Amlin Aguri Formula E Team. Many of my fans kept asking me to “race again“ and to be able to return to racing with Amlin Aguri in Formula E Championship means so much to me. I would like to thank all the fans for their patience and support.
“I believe that Formula E will become a big part of the future of motorsport, and it will accelerate innovation for the better environment and create a sustainable society. I am looking forward to race the final rounds in London forall the Formula E fans.”
Aguri Suzuki, Executive Chairman said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Sakon Yamamoto into our Formula E team and have him race in London ePrix. This first season has been a challenging but a great season for us. We were able to score a win and it would be great if we could get more wins before the season ends. I am truly impressed with how much the championship developed and also how hard each of the teams worked to establish this new electric race. I am looking forward to the London ePrix, the finale of the first Formula E Championship.”
Mark Preston, Team Principal said: “It is good to have Sakon back in the team as he raced with us in F1 with Super Aguri. London is obviously going to be a special event and perhaps the pinnacle of the season and we are all looking forward to delivering a great race for the fans and I know Sakon will do his best for the team and the fans.”