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Ex-F1 drivers keen on Formula E

Thursday 9th January 2014

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Di Grassi in the Formula E car

Di Grassi in the Formula E car

At least five former F1 drivers could take part in the new Formula E series after putting their names forward.

Sebastien Buemi, Karun Chandhok, Tonio Liuzzi, Lucas di Grassi and Takuma Sato have all signed up for the Drivers' Club for the new series, which will get underway in Beijing on 13 September.

The five, along with others who have expressed an interest, will have the opportunity to test the Spark-Renault car before the 10 teams chose their drivers for the inaugural campaign.

"We're delighted to be starting the New Year, which of course is a very important one for Formula E, on such a positive note by announcing our new Drivers' Club," said Alejandro Agag, the Formula E chief.

"From the very beginning, we have set out to deliver great racing to fans across the globe and to do that you need high calibre drivers. Now that we've announced all 10 teams, everyone is keen to find out who the drivers will be.

"Of course, we cannot confirm any drivers just yet as it will be down to the individual teams to select who fills their seats.

"However, we hope by offering them a 'pool' of top international drivers to choose from - all of whom support the new series - we can deliver on this promise of providing close, entertaining racing in city-centres around the world.

"We also hope it will showcase to fans, TV broadcasters and potential sponsors the high profile names Formula E is attracting and the level of drivers they can expect to see race come September."

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