Andretti Formula E announced on Wednesday afternoon that Formula 2 star Zane Maloney would be their reserve and development driver in season 10, continuing their new relationship together.
Maloney has been fielded by Andretti three times this year alone, with him having driven for the team in the rookie tests in Berlin and Rome. He also completed a session for the outfit recently during pre-season testing in Valencia.
His new role with the American team will see him attend various races throughout Formula E’s 10th campaign, whilst he’ll also complete significant work in the simulator. The Red Bull Junior driver is also still eligible to participate in the Berlin rookie test next year, with him being a realistic option for Andretti.
The Barbadian will work closely with reigning World Champion Jake Dennis and Andretti’s new signing, Norman Nato, to ensure that the team are exploiting the most from their package at each E-Prix, starting in Mexico City next January.
He’s thrilled to have been offered the role and is “grateful for the trust” Andretti has given him, with him now being “determined to support” both drivers.
“Joining Andretti Formula E as the official reserve and development driver is an incredible opportunity,” said Maloney.
“I’m grateful for the trust the team has placed in my abilities, and I’m determined to support Jake and Norman as best I can. The Andretti name has such a rich history in motorsport, so it’s a pretty surreal moment for me in my career. I’m looking forward to contributing to the team’s continued success in Season 10.”
Maloney is a real talent and was even linked to a full-time seat at Andretti ahead of Nato making the switch from the Nissan Formula E Team. 2023 has seen him compete in his maiden F2 season for Rodin Carlin, following on from becoming the Formula 3 Vice-Champion in 2022 for Trident.
The 20-year-old is already an F2 podium-finisher and has actually made four appearances on the rostrum this year. With two races remaining in Abu Dhabi, Maloney sits 10th in the Drivers’ Championship.
Andretti Team Principal Roger Griffiths is “delighted” to have Maloney onboard for season 10, with him admitting that the young driver’s “dedication, talent and enthusiasm” during the rookie tests in particular “really stood out to us”.
“We’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Zane, and his dedication, talent and enthusiasm really stood out to us,” said Griffiths.
“Not only has he proven himself in other racing series, but also on multiple occasions during the rookie sessions where he demonstrated an excellent understanding of our GEN3 car. We are delighted to have Zane join us as our Reserve and Development Driver and look forward to working closely with him throughout the coming season.”