Current Super Formula Series champion Nick Cassidy will test in Formula E with Envision Virgin Racing on Sunday, 1 March in Marrakesh. This gives credence to speculation that he will make the switch from Super Formula to Formula E for the rest of the 2020 season.
Last season the Kiwi driver competed in both the Super Formula (SF) and Super GT Series in Japan, winning the SF title with Vantelin Team TOM’S. Toyota GAZOO Racing have recently announced eleven of their twelve SF factory drivers for 2020 with Cassidy’s name absent from the list.
Earlier in 2020 Cassidy confirmed that he will drive the #37 Toyota Gazoo Racing Supra with co-driver Ryo Hirakawa in the Super GT Series in Japan.
While he is yet to confirm his involvement with the 2020 Super Formula Series, his announcement of a FE test confirms the speculation that he will not partake in Super Formula this season.
“I’d like to thank the team (Envision Virgin Racing) for this incredible opportunity,” Cassidy recently commented. “I’ve spent a lot of time on the simulator and I’m now very keen to get out on track.
“I’ve not experienced anything like a Formula E car before and I’m excited to see how I perform. I’ll be joining the team throughout the weekend in Marrakesh and it’ll be great to go through all the race weekend rituals with them – especially as they got a double-podium there last year.
“It’s also been great working with Laney [Stephen Lane] again – he was my race engineer back in 2014 when I was a rookie and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”
Once his switch to FE is confirmed, Cassidy will be the third Kiwi driver competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Currently Mitch Evans leads the 2019/20 drivers’ championship with Panasonic Jaguar Racing, with ex F1 driver Brendon Hartley driving for GeoX Dragon in 20th position.