Envision Racing announce rookie drivers for Berlin

Envision Racing are pleased to confirm that Alice Powell and Dries Vanthoor will be participating in the Berlin rookie test day on May 13th. 

The rookie test day, which will follow the Berlin E-Prix race weekend, will see Powell and Vanthoor both get their first taste of GEN3 machinery. 

Powell, 31, has played a crucial role for many years with Envision Racing as the Test & Development driver, and previously tested the GEN2 in Marrakesh and Valencia. The British driver has previously completed shakedowns in the GEN3 but will embark on her first full day of running in Berlin in just over a week. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to take part in the rookie test day in Berlin,” said Alice Powell. 

“I’ve been working with the team for a long time and have completed a lot of simulator work over the past few seasons, so to get the chance to have a full day in the GEN3 on track is going to be really useful for me, and hopefully also for the team.” 

Dries Vanthoor is currently racing in the World Endurance Championship, and boasts an impressive racing CV, including a win in the LMGTE category at the 24 hours of Le Mans. The test in the German capital will mark his debut in Formula E.  

Vanthoor, 26, said: “I’m really looking forward to my first ever Formula E test. It’s a great championship, and I’m excited to try out the Gen3 car with Envision Racing. 

“It’s a good learning opportunity to try out a different discipline of motorsport, especially the advanced technologies in Formula E.” 

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and CTO of Envision Racing said; “We are happy to have two very talented drivers step into our cars for the rookie test day. Dries and Alice have both achieved a lot in their careers, and we’re looking forward to seeing them out on track in Berlin.” 

The weekend at the Tempelhof will be an interesting weekend for the Green Machine, as main drivers Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns are unable to take part in either of the races. This has resulted in Paul Aron and Joel Eriksson getting the call up to race in Round 9 & 10.  

Although it has been a difficult first half of the season, the reigning World Champions are heading into the second half of the season fully focused on maximising each race and bringing home crucial points.