Giovinazzi tops final FE rookie test entries

Giovinazzi tops final FE rookie test entries
By AutoSport

04/01/2018 at 11:00

Ferrari Formula 1 protege Antonio Giovinazzi will take part in the Formula E rookie test in Marrakech, as the full entry list is completed.

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The Italian made his F1 debut in 2017 as replacement for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber, and was a contender to join the Swiss team full-time for the upcoming season.

However, Sauber opted for fellow Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc and team regular Marcus Ericsson instead, with Giovinazzi having to settle for a third-driver role.

He will now make an appearance in the January 14 post-race FE rookie test in Marrakech, and will pilot DS Virgin's DSV-03 car alongside BMW racer Joel Eriksson.

Giovinazzi's test opportunity comes against the backdrop of Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne evaluating a foray into the all-electric racing category with his Fiat Chrysler Automobiles company's Maserati brand.

The entry list has also revealed two other names participating in the test, completing a 20-strong line-up.

Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paffett, who has previously stated he would "absolutely" consider following the manufacturer to Formula E when it quits the German series at the end of 2018, will test for Venturi - which currently employs his DTM team-mates Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel.

Meanwhile, Formula 2 ace Alex Albon will slot in alongside Japanese F3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi in the Renault e.dams test roster.

Test line-up

Renault e.dams Mitsunori Takaboshi, Alex Albon

Audi Abt Sport Nyck de Vries, Nico Muller

Mahindra Dani Juncadella, Sam Dejonghe

DS Virgin Joel Eriksson, Antonio Giovinazzi

Techeetah Frederic Makowiecki, James Rossiter

NIO Harry Tincknell, Alexandre Imperatori

Andretti Bruno Spengler, Colton Herta

Dragon Racing Maximilian Gunther, Andrea Caldarelli

Venturi Michael Benyahia, Gary Paffett

Jaguar Paul di Resta, Pietro Fittipaldi