Jarno Trulli will make a return to open-wheel racing for the first time since 2011. The Italian has confirmed that he will compete in this year’s inaugural FIA Formula E Championship as a driver and team owner.

The 39-year-old’s TrulliGP team will take over the entry originally assigned to Drayson Racing. Drayson Technologies (its parent company) will remain in a ‘supply and sponsorship’ partnership with Trulli’s entry.

“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,” Trulli said.

“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’s lengthy Formula 1 career – which spanned 1997 to 2011 – came to an end after he lost his seat at Caterham to the better-funded Vitaly Petrov during the 2011-12 off-season. A former karting sensation, Trulli raced for the likes of Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota and Lotus/Caterham, with the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix proving the backdrop for his one and only Formula 1 race win.

Trulli is the latest addition to the Formula E Championship’s driving roster. He will compete against already-confirmed line-ups of Jaime Alguersuari and Sam Bird at Virgin Racing, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna at Mahindra Racing, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt at Audi Sport Abt, and Franck Montagny at Andretti Autosport.

Image via FIA Formula E Championship

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