Charlie Eastwood set for rookie return with NEOM McLaren

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Charlie Eastwood set for rookie return with NEOM McLaren

Charlie Eastwood is set to return to the cockpit of NEOM McLaren's GEN3 Formula E car at the Rookie Free Practice Session in Rome.

Eastwood McLaren Formula E rookie

Eastwood, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has built an impressive resume over the past 10 years, predominantly in GT and Endurance competition. During this time, he became the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain champion, 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup (Pro-Am) champion and won the European Le Mans Series – LMP2 Pro-Am in 2022, as well as the Asian Le Mans Series - LMP2 earlier this year. He has also held several reserve and development driver roles.

Last time out at the Berlin Rookie Test, Eastwood rounded out the day's running with the 19th fastest time overall.

2023 Rookie Test group shot

What classifies as a rookie?

Teams can field someone who's sampled Formula E machinery before, but they must not be drivers included on the Season 9 Entry List, and they must not have competed in a Formula E race in their career before. The idea is to give the best young talent a pathway to race at the very top of the motorsport ladder with a taste of Formula E and the opportunity to impress prospective teams in the world's leading electric race series.

READ MORE: Rookies set for Rome outing

The choices the teams have put forward to Formula E and the FIA will be revealed in the lead up to Rome.

Felipe Drugovich has already been confirmed at Maserati MSG Racing. The young Brazilian, who topped the timesheets during the Berlin Rookie Test earlier this year, will now get a second chance to impress during Rome’s Rookie Free Practice session. The opportunity, which is exclusively for rookie drivers, will see some of motorsport’s brightest talents navigate the iconic Italian street circuit and find their feet in the electric machinery.

Avalanche Andretti, meanwhile, have confirmed that Zane Maloney will once again get behind the wheel of their GEN3 car.