Pippa Mann to drive second Dragon car in Ad Diriyah Formula E test

Pippa Mann will drive for the Dragon Racing ABB FIA Formula E team at the in-season test that will follow the season-opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix

Pippa Mann to drive second Dragon car in Ad Diriyah Formula E test

An extra test slot has been handed to teams that agree to run a female driver in addition to their regular racers during the one-day test on 16 December.

Dragon was the final remaining team to announce its full line-up for the test, as the Audi and Jaguar squads will run a single entry.

"I have actually never driven an electric car, let alone an electric race car," said Mann.

"So to have this opportunity to return to my roots and drive an open-wheel car again on a tight street course is something that I am looking forward to immensely.

"I am very excited [about] the challenge of driving a Formula E car, and I applaud Formula E for their forward thinking in creating opportunities for female racers.

"It is empowering to have the chance to engage with a championship [that] is giving the opportunity to elevate female talent the right way."

Dragon owner and team principal Jay Penske added: "We are looking forward to working with Pippa at the test in Riyadh.

"She has a lot of experience across a wide range of motorsports disciplines, and we expect her to provide valuable feedback on the Penske EV-3 package."

The test will be Mann's first outing in a single-seater car outside of the IndyCar series and the Indianapolis 500 since she took part in two Auto GP races at Sonoma in 2012.

Test line-up

Team Session 1 Session 2
Virgin Racing Robin Frijns Sam Bird
Amna Al Qubaisi Amna Al Qubaisi
HWA Carrie Schreiner Stoffel Vandoorne
Gary Paffett Carrie Schreiner
Dragon Pippa Mann Pippa Mann
Jose Maria Lopez Max Gunther
NIO Jamie Chadwick Jamie Chadwick
Oliver Turvey/Tom Dillmann Oliver Turvey/Tom Dillmann
Venturi Simona de Silvestro Simona de Silvestro
Felipe Massa Edoardo Mortara
Jaguar Racing Mitch Evans Mitch Evans
Nissan e.dams Carmen Jorda Carmen Jorda
Oliver Rowland/Sebastien Buemi Oliver Rowland/Sebastien Buemi
DS Techeetah Tatiana Calderon Jean-Eric Vergne
Andre Lotterer Tatiana Calderon
BMW Andretti Alexander Sims Alexander Sims
Beitske Visser Beitske Visser
Mahindra Racing Jerome D'Ambrosio Jerome D'Ambrosio
Katherine Legge Katherine Legge
Audi Nico Muller Nico Muller
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