Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok will have a third stint as teammates after being confirmed in the Mahindra Racing team’s driver line-up in this year’s inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.

The only Indian team on the twenty-car grid, the outfit fronts the multi-billion-dollar Mahindra multinational, which manufactures electric vehicles as part of its portfolio.

Senna and Chandhok were previously teammates in their GP2 Series careers, and more recently partnered up in the inaugural year of the now-defunct HRTF1 Team (then known as Hispania Racing).

Chandhok had a single season with the backmarker outfit in 2010 before moving to the Lotus squad (before its current Caterham guise) the following year as its test driver. He had a one-off race outing in Germany but was unable to work his way back into a full-time seat, and so switched to sports car racing and stints as an F1 commentator for Southeast Asia’s Star Sports network.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Mahindra Racing line up,” Chandhok said of his appointment to . Mahindra are showing a lot of commitment to Formula E and it’s very encouraging to see the support of senior members of the group to this programme. To be a part of the only Indian team in this series is a real honour for me.”

Senna – nephew of three-time World Champion Ayrton – had three seasons on the Formula 1 grid, with subsequent years spent with Lotus and Williams before moving to Aston Martin’s sports car programme.

“I’m very proud to be joining Mahindra Racing. There is a real ambition within the team to be leaders in Formula E from the start.  It’s also an exciting prospect to be part of such a revolutionary championship from the beginning,” the Brazilian added.

“There will be a lot to learn very quickly, both for the teams and drivers, in terms of technology and driving styles and for race fans as Formula E will popularise a new type of motorsport across the world.

“Of course, I already have a great relationship with Karun [too] which will help us work together and move the team forward very quickly.”

Chandhok and Senna take the confirmed driving line-up to six, with Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi confirmed at Audi Sport Abt while Jaime Alguersuari and Sam Bird were recently announced in Virgin Racing’s line-up.

Image via FIA Formua E Championship

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