The penultimate day of Formula E pre-season testing was headlined by the announcement that owner/driver Jarno Trulli will step out of the cockpit for the forthcoming 2015-16 season.
The Italian squad has confirmed that Mexican racer Salvador Durán will join the team from Aguri, driving alongside Vitantonio Liuzzi.
Durán joined the Amlin Aguri squad following the departure of Katherine Legge and claimed three points finishes at Miami, Moscow and the London finale to finish 21st in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
The Trulli team was a last-minute entry in the 2014-15 championship and, with a lack of pre-season testing, finished last in the inaugural season’s Team Championship standings with Trulli driving for the whole season alongside a rotating line-up that comprised fellow Italians Michela Cerruti, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Swiss driver Alex Fontana.
Its build-up to the 2015-16 season has been disastrous to say the least, with the car – powered this year by a new Motomatica JT-01 powertain – failing to leave the garage once over the five days of testing held to-date.
Nonetheless, an excited Durán was eager to get started: “I’m very happy to join the Trulli team and I’m super excited about the new season and Trulli’s new powertrain Motomatica JT-01.
“I’m hoping that we can be contending for the front positions and can’t wait to do my first test.”
Trulli Team Principal Lucio Cavuto agreed: “We are very happy to have Salvador on board. He’s a driver that we were looking at last year, and we have been very impressed with his improvements during the championship. We are very glad that he trusts us despite two difficult tests. But once we introduced him to our project and he saw how hard we’re working and that our project is very ambitious. We’re really look forward to having him in our car and in the team and the fact that he knows the category will give him a lot as we won’t be able to give him a lot of time in the car during pre-season testing.”
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