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FIA Formula E Drivers’ Club rounds out its lineup

Feb 12, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

Spark-Renault SRT 01E Formula E, Lucas di Grassi AP

A mix of ex-Formula One, American open-wheel and sports car racing veterans round out the FIA Formula E Drivers’ Club, which is the group of drivers who will be picked to race for 10 teams competing in the all-electric championship.

F1’s youngest ever race driver, Jaime Alguersuari, and two other ex-F1 drivers in Robert Doornbos and Christian Klien, are among the eight revealed today. Doornbos also has past American open-wheel experience (in both Champ Car and IndyCar). Others who’ve graced an Indianapolis 500 grid named to the club today include Katherine Legge, a two-time 500 starter and Conor Daly, who made his 500 debut last year.

Sports cars are also represented in this batch with Nicolas Minassian and Ben Collins, and Martin Brundle’s son Alex. Collins, of course, is best known as a one-time “Stig” from BBC’s “Top Gear.”

Daly has F1 testing experience; Minassian is an ex-Peugeot factory driver and ex-open-wheeler, while young Brundle has a budding relationship with Nissan in sports cars. Legge is active now with the DeltaWing program in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The full list is below.

FIA Formula E Championship – Drivers’ Club line-up (total = 24):

Daniel Abt (GER)
Christijan Albers (NLD)
Jaime Alguersuari (ESP)
Marco Andretti (USA)
Sébastien Bourdais (FRA)
Alex Brundle (GBR)
Sebastien Buemi (CHE)
Karun Chandhok (IND)
Ben Collins (GBR)
Conor Daly (USA)
Robert Doornbos (NLD)
Lucas di Grassi (BRA)
John R. Hildebrand Jr. (USA)
Ma Qing Hua (CHN)
Narain Karthikeyan (IND)
Christian Klien (AUT)
Katherine Legge (GBR)
Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA)
Nicolas Minassian (FRA)
Franck Montagny (FRA)
Takuma Sato (JPN)
Bruno Senna (BRA)
Oriol Servia (ESP)
Adrien Tambay (FRA)

  1. manik56 - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Maybe John R won’t crash as much as JR.

  2. worknman24hours - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Suddenly, auto racing became new again.

    This should be a very cool series to watch.

    I wonder what the teams that suddenly find a lot of pace will say to justify it?

    And these electric cars will likely develop push to pass type electric boost buttons in them.

    The only downfall there being a huge drop in your batteries electric reserve.

    I’ll be laughing like heck when these torque monster electric cars just light up the rear tires at the start.

    Like I said, this should be a wild and different form of racing with every emotion on and off the track all race long.

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