Mahindra Racing announce rookie test lineup

His check was not big enough for another year in F1, but it is large enough to test a Formula E car
Sergey Sirotkin. His check was not big enough for another year in F1, but it is large enough to test a Formula E car

Following the Marrakesh E-Prix, round two of the 2018/19 season, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will see its second in-season test take place on Sunday 13 January 2019. Restricted to rookie drivers, Mahindra Racing will be running former Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin and its Simulator and Development Driver Sam Dejonghe for the test.

Sirotkin already has a season of Formula 1 under his belt after racing with the Williams team at 23 years old. He secured his first karting championship title at the age of 11 before making his single-seater debut just three years later. Sirotkin made a fast impact, taking European Formula Abarth title a year later, in the same year he finished as runner up in the Italian Formula Abarth. By 2012 he was taking race wins in Auto GP and Formula 3.

He was signed as Sauber F1’s test driver at the age of 19 and quickly impressed in his debut GP2 Series season in 2015, finishing as the highest placed rookie, with a race win and five podiums to his name. His second season saw him score two race victories and finish third overall in the standings, as well as being handed a second F1 testing contract, with Renault. The Russian driver was signed by Williams F1 to a race seat for the 2018 season, where he was able to score his maiden F1 point.

Dejonghe started out in indoor karting at seven years old before stepping up to the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2010. A year later – and in his rookie season – Dejonghe was the 2011 European F3 Open Championship Cup Vice-Champion. Following his success in his early single-seater career, Dejonghe adapted his driving style to compete in sportscar racing and he has competed in multiple GT and Prototype series.

Dejonghe then took on the role in November 2017 as simulator and development driver for Mahindra Racing. As testing for the new Formula E Generation 2 cars was underway, Mahindra Racing and Dejonghe attended CarFest South in August 2018 to host an exclusive preview of the new Season 5 car in the UK. In his first year with Mahindra Racing the Belgium driver has been exposed to international race tracks, taking his professional racing career to another level and the rookie test in Marrakesh will see him take part for the second time in an official all teams test day.

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