Several rookie drivers have been signed up for the special Rome E-Prix Free Practice 0, which will happen before the usual Free Practice 1 next weekend.
Only rookie drivers are allowed to participate in the special session of next weekend’s Rome E-Prix doubleheader and several teams have already revealed their lineup.
All drivers must be on the Season Nine entry list or have never taken part in a Formula E World Championship race in order to be eligible for the session. However, they are permitted to have previously participated in a rookie test while piloting a Formula E car.
The majority of the teams have decided who will wrap up the session for them given that the double-header in Rome is only one week away. Additionally, all of the drivers who have been officially confirmed so far took part in the rookie test at the Tempelhof Airport Circuit after the Berlin E-Prix.
Jack Aitken who drove for the Jaguar team in the recent rookie test in Berlin, will be on the Envision Racing roster. Chinese driver Yifei Ye, who is currently competing in the World Endurance Championship, will represent the constructors’ championship leaders TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team during the session.
Ye, who is a Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific driver is also currently driving a customer team’s Porsche 963 hybrid prototype in the WEC.
Felipe Drugovich, the current Formula 2 World Champion and official driver for the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team has been picked by Maserati MSG Racing and is eager to represent the Italian automaker in Rome.
Zane Maloney, a current F2 driver, will also participate in the unique Rome session but this time he’ll be driving for Avalanche Andretti Formula E.
The Barbadian driver’s performance at the Berlin rookie test much impressed Avalanche Andretti Team Principal Roger Griffiths and as a result the American team was “happy to announce” that Maloney would be driving for them in Rome.
Maloney isn’t the only F2 driver competing as Jehan Daruvala, a reserve for Mahindra Racing will also be in Rome for the first practice session. Given that he is reportedly aiming for a spot in Season Ten, the Mahindra reserve driver will be hoping to perform well in Rome.
Charlie Eastwood, a GT and endurance driver who will be driving for the NEOM McLaren Formula E Team is the only other driver who has been officially confirmed for the rookie test.
The Nissan Formula E Team anticipates that ex-F2 driver Luca Ghiotto will pass the test, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed.
ABT CUPRA Formula E Team, DS Penske, NIO 333 Racing, and Jaguar TCS Racing have yet to confirm who will be finishing the session for them.