Nick Cassidy will complete Envision Virgin Racing’s driver lineup for Formula E’s in-season rookie test in Marrakesh next weekend.
The 25-year-old will join W Series frontrunner and present Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY competitor Alice Powell at the British team, with the pair occupying the seats of Sam Bird and Robin Frijns on March 1.
In 2019, Cassidy enjoyed success in the Japanese Super Formula series, taking the Drivers’ Championship over one-time Toro Rosso tester Naoki Yamamoto while finishing as the runner-up in Super GT – a series in which he holds a 48.9% podium percentage.
“I’d like to thank the team for this incredible opportunity, I’ve spent a lot of time on the simulator and I’m now very keen to get out on track,” said the Kiwi. “I’ve not experienced anything like a Formula E car before and I’m excited to see how I perform.
“I’ll be joining the team throughout the weekend in Marrakesh and it’ll be great to go through all the race weekend rituals with them – especially as they got a double-podium there last year.
“It’s also been great working with Laney [Stephen Lane] again – he was my race engineer back in 2014 when I was a rookie and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”
Envision Virgin Racing Managing Director Sylvain Filippi added: “Nick Cassidy is an incredible young talent and we’re looking forward to having him test our Formula E car.
“His race wins say it all really but he’s also worked incredibly hard in the team simulator ahead of the test to ensure that he’s ready to drive a Formula E car – the experience needed is very different to any other car and I’m confident that Nick will excel in Marrakesh.
“This is the only in-season test so it’s incredibly important that the team maximise the data gathered in Marrakesh – I believe that Nick will do a great job for us.”