The test will take place on Monday 25 October, the day after the end of the Iceland X -Prix in Sardinia – a late addition to strengthen the first season calendar after the cancellation of the Brazil and Argentina rounds due to the pandemic.
It follows the precedent of the short-sister series Formula E, which has traditionally conducted an annual rookie test – including a woman-led session in Saudi Arabia in 2018 – even though this year’s edition in Valencia was canceled.
This was due in part to the fact that Circuit Ricardo Tormo was called up to host a double header in late April, which then forced the W Series to move its pre-season test from the Spanish venue to the Anglesey circuit in Wales.
For the Extreme E test, each of the nine teams will be able to drive a male and female driver aboard their standardized Odyssey 21 E-SUVs for a series of practice runs before completing timed laps on the track.
This will run in parallel with workshops focused on “career in professional motorsport from drivers in the series”, read an Extreme E statement, with 2001 Dakar Rally winner and new Abt Cupra XE team recruiting Jutta Kleinschmidt set to function.
Championship director Alejandro Agag said: “I am delighted to announce the rookie invitation at the penultimate X Prix of season one.
“It aims to offer drivers who are interested in competing in Extreme E the opportunity to not only get behind the wheel, but immerse themselves in our unique series.
Molly Taylor, Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing, Jamie Chadwick, Stephane Sarrazin, Veloce Racing, in the final
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“The idea came from various conversations with our teams that identified a gap in talent – especially female drivers – so we wanted to organize this test day to allow more racers to throw their hats in the ring and get behind the wheel of our all-electric ODYSSEY 21 .
“I’m looking forward to seeing which drivers the teams choose, and the wealth of driving talents out there who just need that chance to show off their skills.”
Kleinschmidt, chairman of the FIA Women in Motorsport Cross Country Rally Commission, added: “I am super happy that so many female drivers have the chance to ride in Extreme E.
“The series is the only motorsport event where men and women mix 50/50.
“Through the series and now the rookie invitation, we have the chance to discover even more female talents.
“It is a huge opportunity for all drivers who dream of competing in Extreme E who want to prove their abilities and talent.
“I am very excited and look forward to seeing a lot of applications.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the test program and to have the chance to share my knowledge from my many years of experience.”
Drivers are invited to apply by contacting email@example.com with the subject ‘Rookie Invitational’, enclosing their driver resume and submitting by October 1, 2021.
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