Formula One race winner Jarno Trulli is entering Formula E with his own team.
Jarno Trulli announced he will form and manage a new team for the FIA Formula E Championship, titled TrulliGP Formula E Team, with which he will race in the all-electric series.
The 39-year-old Italian has taken over the entry of Drayson Racing, which was one of the first entry to this all electric championship.
Following approval from the FIA, TrulliGP has been granted the 10th team entry for the Formula E Championship, following the withdrawal of Drayson Racing.
Drayson Technologies said it will be entering into a supply and sponsorship arrangement with TrulliGP to be the squad’s principal technology partner. As part of this, TrulliGP will begin work on Drayson’s wireless charging technology – which offers the potential to free electric vehicles from the constraints of cable-based charging.
“I am pleased that the FIA selected TrulliGP to be part of the FIA Formula E Championship,” said Jarno Trulli. “Having gained fantastic experience as a driver in Formula 1, my involvement in the FIA Formula E Championship will certainly be a new challenge, not only as a driver but also as a team owner. Competing at the highest level of performance with a clean energy car with the support of Drayson Technologies makes this challenge even more exciting. I am very pleased to be a pioneer of this new Formula E project.”
Trulli becomes the eighth driver to sign for Formula E alongside Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi at Audi Sport Abt, Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari at Virgin Racing, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok at Mahindra Racing and Franck Montagny at Andretti Autosport.
“I am delighted to be working with such a world-class team of motorsport professionals led by Jarno,” said Lord Drayson, CEO of Drayson Technologies. “I am sure that the combination of the Trulli team’s motorsport knowhow and the Drayson EV technology expertise will be a winning one from the start. Our ambition is to supply all the teams with wireless charging and we are delighted that TrulliGP is the first team to adopt this exciting technology.”