Kamui Kobayashi will make his Formula E debut with MS&AD Andretti Formula E team at the Season 4 opener in Hong Kong on December 2 and 3. Kobayashi will pilot the No. 27 Andretti ATEC-003 car and will have António Félix da Costa as his teammate.
Tom Blomqvist featured on series’ entry list published by the FIA, but was never announced by the team. Kobayashi, a former F1 driver, currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Super Formula Championship.
“First of all, I would like to thank to Michael, the whole Andretti Formula E team and MS&AD insurance for giving me this wonderful opportunity to race at the Hong Kong ePrix,” said Kobayashi.
“Andretti is one of the world most popular racing families and I am so excited to have my Formula E debut race under his name. I will be going to the race weekend without testing which is not an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support so no worrying at all and I am really looking forward to having good races there.”
“He has shown what he can do in both Formula One and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step,” said Andretti Formula E CEO Michael Andretti.
“To partner one of the largest companies in Japan, MS&AD Insurance, with one of the most popular Japanese racing drivers, will be exciting to see. The passion that Japanese fans have is incredible and we expect to see that when he makes his debut in Hong Kong.”
The pairing will connect Kobayashi with Japanese insurance giant MS&AD, one of the world’s ten biggest non-life insurers.