Speed and de Ferran to test with Andretti
3 July 2014 – Scott Speed and Gil de Ferran will test with the Andretti Formula E Team next week at Donington Park from July 3-4, it has been announced.
Speed, who raced in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso from 2006-2007, and who is now a full-time Andretti Rallycross driver, will take part in the two-day test alongside Andretti Formula E's first confirmed driver Franck Montagny.
"I'm excited to get into a single-seater again," Speed noted. "I expect it to be a very steep learning curve seeing as I haven't driven anything with downforce in seven years. The Andretti organisation has been an amazing company to drive for, and I'm happy to grow my role as one of its drivers while helping out with the Formula E test."
Meanwhile, two-time IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner de Ferran will also run in order to gain 'in-seat experience of the new sustainable racing championship'.
"Being an Ambassador and strong supporter of Formula E, from day one I have been very curious and interested in how an electric-powered racing car would behave and handle," said the 46-year-old, who has more than two decades of racing experience.
"I am highly interested in the technical side of motorsports so this has been a great curiosity for me. Obviously I haven't driven anything feverishly for over five years, so it will be certainly a challenge but something that I am really looking forward to.
"I want to take the opportunity to thank [Team Principal] Michael [Andretti] and the team for allowing me to do this run. Hopefully now I will be able to speak about Formula E and its qualities from a first-hand perspective."