René Rast will add Formula E to his experience


Lately we saw Audi factory driver René Rast do all sorts of things in terms of racing, be it the R8 LMS GT3 he is usually in, the R18 e-tron Quattro LMP1 he drove last year, the Ligier JS P2 LMP2 from G-Drive Racing and other cars on RaceRoom and Project CARS as shown on his YouTube channel, and the list will have another entry as he will step into Formula E for the Berlin ePrix, to be held next weekend, on May 21st.

The deal arraged for Rast was a one-off race as he stands in for the leading driver of Team Aguri, Antônio Felix da Costa, as he will give priority to his commitments in DTM with BMW, and although Adam Carroll was the most possible addition from the shortlist, in the end the German driver will be the one in the cockpit.

Although the cars where Rast raced were way bigger than the Formula BMW cars from 12 years ago or the Spark-McLaren SRT01_E, his experience in multiple types of machinery, specially counting the last three seasons, may give the skills needed to get used to the car quickly, as well to the details related to the electric powertrain.

The decision to stick with the standard powertrain made Team Aguri’s competitiveness decrease, with even Felix da Costa not going past some point scoring drives, while the other car saw the third driver step in this season in Ma Qing Hua, with Nathanaël Berthon and Salvador Durán leaving their seat after three races each.


Rast already did some simulator training to get a hang of the car and he didn’t seem to be worried about being quick right away, and with the FIA WEC drivers being a strong majority in the series, he may not let the German fans down.

PHOTO: G-Drive Racing