Mortara, Blomqvist to vie for Formula E drives in test

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Mortara, Blomqvist to vie for Formula E drives in test
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Oct 1, 2017, 8:08 PM

DTM race winners Edoardo Mortara and Tom Blomqvist will be part of Formula E’s official pre-season test this week as they vie for drives at the Venturi and Andretti teams respectively.

Mercedes man Mortara and Super GT frontrunner James Rossiter will test for Venturi at Valencia, with both drivers running on Monday

Rossiter will drive again on Tuesday before giving the #5 car to last year’s Venturi driver Maro Engel, while last season’s DTM runner-up Mortara will appear again on Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday.

Mortara will be sharing Tuesday’s running with Moroccan racer Michael Benyahia, who will drive in the morning.

Meanwhile, BMW DTM driver Blomqvist will complete two-and-a-half days of running with Andretti, with which BMW is a technical partner and will enter the series with in full-works form in 2018/19.

Blomqvist will first appear on Monday afternoon after his fellow BMW-contracted driver Alexander Sims completes the morning session.

He will then take over the #27 car for the next two days, with the Anglo-Swedish driver likely to be announced as Robin Frijns’ replacement alongside Antonio Felix da Costa.

Da Costa will drive on Monday and Thursday, and give Sims – Andretti's development driver – his car for Tuesday’s running.

NIO (formerly NextEV) will formally announce new Jaguar signing Nelson Piquet Jr’s replacement before testing begins on Monday morning.

Oliver Turvey has not been named on the entry list, but signed a multi-season contract last year and will remain with the Chinese team for a third campaign.

2017/18 Formula E test line-up:

Team

Drivers

Renault e.dams

 Sebastien Buemi

 Nico Prost

Faraday Future Dragon Racing

 Jerome d'Ambrosio

 Neel Jani

DS Virgin Racing

 Sam Bird

 Alex Lynn

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler

 Lucas di Grassi

 Daniel Abt

Techeetah

 Jean-Eric Vergne

 Andre Lotterer

Andretti

 Antonio Felix da Costa

 Tom Blomqvist

 Alexander Sims

Mahindra

 Nick Heidfeld

 Felix Rosenqvist

NIO

 Oliver Turvey

TBA

Jaguar

 Mitch Evans

 Nelson Piquet Jr

Venturi

 Maro Engel

 James Rossiter

 Edoardo Mortara

 Michael Benyahia

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