Nico Rosberg will return to the cockpit to conduct a shakedown run in Formula E’s new car for the 2018-19 season.
The 2016 Formula One world champion will demonstrate the ‘Gen2’ Formula E car at the Templehof Airport circuit ahead of the Berlin ePrix next month. Rosberg, an investor and shareholder in Formula E, will give the car its first public run in a special 10-minute session.
“I’m really excited to get behind the wheel of the Gen2 car,” said Rosberg. “It will be great to experience this high-performance e-mobility car and let’s see if I still have it in me.
“It makes it even more special that I’m able to do this at the Berlin ePrix, as I’ve always loved racing in my home country – Germany.
“Since my retirement, I’ve become very interested in the e-mobility movement and its potential to positively impact our society and our planet. I’ve therefore also long believed in the potential of Formula E and came on board as an investor some time ago.”
Rosberg retired from Formula One days after winning the 2016 championship. He has since said he is not looking to return to racing. Mercedes, who Rosberg spent seven season with in F1, will enter Formula E’s sixth season, which starts next year.
The 2017-18 Formula E season continues in Rome this weekend. Jean-Eric Vergne and Techeetah are leading the championship at its halfway point.
“We’ve showed that we can have two points scoring cars when everything is right, so we’re all working very hard to make sure that this happens at the next race,” said Vergne. I’ve been working a lot on my qualifying performance in the sim as I need to be able to grid higher to have a better chance of scoring higher.”
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