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DS PENSKE to hand Will Stevens and Robert Shwartzman first taste of Formula E

DS PENSKE has confirmed Will Stevens and Robert Shwartzman for the Berlin Rookie Test, 24 April.

Will Stevens

Stevens started his career as a European and Asia Pacific Karting Champion, through the top junior single seater categories before impressing enough to make it to to Formula 1. He then moved into sportscars and endurance racing in 2016 - joining the FIA World Endurance Championship's LMP2 category, where he's sealed multiple wins and podiums as well as the 2023 title as well as a win at Le Mans.

EXPLAINED: A quick guide to the Berlin Rookie Test

‘I am really happy to be taking in a new challenge in Formula E with DS PENSKE," says 31-year-old Brit Stevens. "This is completely different from any other race series I’ve been in, but I am hoping my experience in many other categories will give me a head start as a rookie. I have a sense of what the car is like from the work I have done in the simulator so far and look forward to the challenge ahead. I am curious to try it first hand, especially around such a unique track that is Berlin. Together with some of the best drivers and manufacturers in the world makes it an exciting place to be.’

Shwartzman is currently a reserve driver for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team. He started early, at the age of five in karting and up the ladder to Formula E. Three wins and 10 podiums saw him take the FIA Formula 3 crown in 2019, and a move to Formula 2 followed, where he finished runner-up in 2021.


"‘I am thrilled to get the chance to drive a Formula E car, and I thank Jay Penske for giving me this opportunity," said Shwartzman. "This championship is a very interesting, growing platform, it has quite a different approach compared to other racing series but that’s why it’s fascinating. As a driver I’m always keen to be able to gain experience with different cars and this test offers me the chance to try a new kind of single-seater in a year that sees me involved in Formula 1 as third driver and in GT racing as an official driver of Ferrari. To get to do my Formula E debut with the most awarded manufacturer on the grid makes this particularly special. I am also very excited to work alongside this team, who have been very welcoming, and shares with me the will to succeed in every aspect of the sport!"

Jay Penske, Owner and Team Principal of DS PENSKE says: "It is always a special moment for the team to host talented drivers and give them their first taste of Formula E. This event is an amazing opportunity to see how they perform in a Formula E car. I am very excited to have Robert and Will behind the wheel of our GEN3 car, they have both demonstrated their raw speed and racecraft throughout the single-seater categories. Robert is a fierce competitor and Will has impressive technical skills, their mindsets fit perfectly with DS PENSKE and I am glad to have them in the team for this test!"