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With days to go until the second race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season takes place on the majestic streets of Marrakesh, Morocco, the full line up of fresh talent taking part in the official rookie test on Sunday January 13 has been revealed. See below for the complete listing.
After driving for Audi Sport Abt Scheaffler in last season's rookie test, Dutch Formula 2 driver Nyck de Vires will get behind the wheel of the number two Envision Virgin Racing car, joined by French Audi Sport Factory driver and three-time Le Mans winner Benoit Treluyer who will take out the number four car.
For Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi - Grandson of Formula One champion Emmerson Fittipaldi - returns to the British team for the second year running alongside Le Mans 24 Hour winner Harry Tincknell, who drove for NIO Formula E team last year.
New Formula E entrant HWA Racelab will put Mercedes DTM driver Daniel Juncadella to the test behind the wheel of the team's Venturi VFE05. The Spanish driver is joined by Italian Raffaele Marciello who clinched the Blancpain GT Series Championship title behind the wheel of his Mercedes-AMG GT3 last year.
For NIO Formula E Team, Formula Three race winner and 2015 British GT Championship winner Jamie Chadwick will return to the team after taking part in the in-season test following the opening round in Saudi Arabia. Chadwick will be one of two female talents taking to the track on January 13. NIO are yet to confirm if a second driver will take part in the test.
For all-American team Geox Dragon, Antonio Fuoco will take out the number seven car. The Italian joined Geox Dragon for pre-season testing in Valencia alongside new full-time Dragon driver Maximilian Guenther. The team are yet to confirm a second driver for the rookie test.
Joining reigning champions Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, is Audi DTM driver Jamie Green who will get behind the wheel of the Audi e-tron FE05. Alongside Green will be Nico Muller, who returns to the team following a record-breaking session at the rookie test in Marrakesh last season, as well as time with the team following the opening round of the season in Saudi Arabia.
Venturi Formula E Team will put forward Arthur Leclerc - brother of Formula One driver Charles Leclerc - who joined the team's new electric motorsport academy last year. The Monagasque driver will be joined by Frenchman Norman Nato in the number 48 car.
For newcomers Nissan e.dams, NISMO driver and winner of the 2017 Japan F3 championship Mitsunori Takaboshi will rejoin the team for the rookie test after taking part last year. Takaboshi will be joined by seasoned GT driver Jann Mardenborough, who graduated from the marque's GT Academy in 2011 and embarked on a career as a professional racing driver.
French-Chinese team DS Techeetah will test it's development driver James Rossiter alongside Formula One test driver Tatiana Calderon, who took part in the in-season test after the season opener in Saudi Arabia. The “Getting another shot at being involved with DS Techeetah is great,” said Calderon.
“I loved my time in the car and with the team in Ad Diriyah and even though I didn’t get to drive as much as expected due to the red flags we managed to secure some good laps," said the Columbian driver.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport will front BMW DTM drivers Bruno Spengler and Marco Wittmann at the test on Sunday, January 13. Completing the grid will be Sergey Sirotkin and Sam Dejonghe who will get behind Mahindra Racing's M5Electro following the 2019 Marrakesh E-Prix on Saturday, January 12.