All Aboard the Trulli Train

The latest news to come out of the FIA’s new all electric racing series is that Jarno Trulli who has participated in 256 Grand Prix and is a Monaco race winner will drive in the new Formula E series.

To top that, Jarno Trulli will be driving for his own team, Trulli GP which has acquired the Drayson Racing Formula E team entry and has entered into a technologies supply and sponsorship agreement with Drayson Technologies as Principal Technology Partner. The second driver is yet to be announced.

This announcement also begs the question, is Formula E the next big thing? The rumour mill doing the rounds is that people are becoming fed up with the ugliness, politics, money and rules in Formula 1 with Formula E being seen as a fresh opportunity for sponsors and high calibre drivers, making it a serious threat. Although not all drivers have been confirmed, all teams have tested with possible drivers with speculation amongst other Formula E websites coming up with a list of sited drivers:

e.dams, run by former F1 world champion Alain Prost have had his son, WEC LMP1 driver and Lotus F1 tester in the car with the Super Aguri team fielding GP3 runner Kevin Korjus and Red Bull backed DTM driver Antonio Felix Da Costa. Venturi ran with the ‘quick’ Nick Heidfeld, another F1 veteran while Drayson, now Trulli GP had Jean-Karl Vernay, Super GT driver behind the wheel.

Others spotted at the track but not in the cars were former British Indy Car driver Katherine Legge, Mclaren test and GP2 driver Stoffel Vandoorne while Juan Manuel Lopes, former Super GT driver posted a picture of a Formula E car on twitter and therefore may have been driving, although none of these drivers have any obvious links with any teams.

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