Audi ace Duval will debut in Formula e

Formula e, the category of the electric single seaters, will receive a new driver for the Miami ePrix, to be held in the streets of the American city this weekend. And the series’ newcomer is a well-known face for the sportscar fans: the Frenchman Loïc Duval.

Duval will make his first drive in Formula e for Dragon Racing, replacing Oriol Servià, as the Spaniard is taking a managerial role into the team, being appointed as managing director. Duval’s team-mate will still be the Belgian Jerome D’Ambrosio, who raced all ePrix of the season with Dragon.

We’re more used to see Duval behind the wheel of closed top cars shared with someone else, generally the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro in the FIA World Endurance Championship, where he already has a title, but he also has his single seater driving share, as his other commitment is the Japan-based Super Formula, where he already has a title, and is a serious title contender every year, with good performances.

Curiously one of Duval’s opponents on track at Miami will be the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi, who shares with him one of the Audis of the Team Joest in FIA WEC, and is current championship leader in his Audi Sport ABT car, with 58 points and a sole win at Beijing.