18 Feb 20

Dare to be Different Ambassador Alice Powell to test for Envision Virgin Racing

British female racing driver and Dare to be Different Ambassador Alice Powell will test for Envision Virgin Racing in the 2019/20 in-season test following the Marrakesh race on March 1.

Powell, who returned to single seater racing after completing in the single-sex W Series, will get her first taste of the all-electric street racing championship as one of two rookies to test for Envision Virgin Racing in Marrakesh on March 1. The in-season test will take place the day after the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix at the  circuit Moulay El Hassan. 

The Oxford-born racer, who began karting aged just eight, became the first woman to win a Formula Renault championship at the age of 17, and in 2012 became the first woman to score points in the GP3 Series, competing against the likes of current Formula E drivers – Antonio Felix Da Costa, Daniel Abt and Mitch Evans.

Outside of her work on track, Powell has been an Ambassador for the Dare to be Different (D2BD) non-profit organisation that aims to inspire young women to work in all aspects of motorsport. 

“Firstly, I’d like to thank the team for the opportunity to test their Formula E car – it’s an amazing experience and I can’t wait to jump into the car now, especially having spent time on the team’s simulator," said Powell. 

"My work as an ambassador for D2BD allows me to inspire young female drivers and this test will really help further that. I’m also looking forward to working with the team and helping them to extract as much data as possible from the test to help them this season.”

The outing will be Powell's second visit to an ABB FIA Formula E Championship weekend after she drove in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy support series in Diriyah, November 2019, finishing a third place finish in both rounds.  

“It’s great to have Alice on-board for the Marrakesh test, as someone who has already driven in an electric championship, she’ll bring a great understanding of the technical elements of the car," said Sylvain Filippi, Envision Virgin Racing’s Managing Director.

"She’s spent a lot of time getting to learn the car and the track on our simulator in Silverstone and as a team we’re looking forward to getting her out on track. As an ambassador for Dare To Be Different, Alice is a also great role model to aspiring young women in racing, something we as a team fully support.

Catch all the Formula E action at the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix on February 29