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Kamui Kobayashi to drive season opener with Andretti // Japanese driver earns one-off race seat

Published by Christine Blachford

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Welcome to It Only Takes E Minute, where Kamui Kobayashi has been signed up to race the season opener in Hong Kong.

Former F1 racer Kamui Kobayashi will join the Andretti team for the first round of this year’s Formula E championship, lining up alongside Antonio Felix da Costa. He’s not expected to run the full season, but a one off appearance should be great for the driver, the team and of course, the fans.

Kobayashi has driven for Toyota and Sauber in Formula One, but has more recently been battling in the World Endurance Championship, taking pole at Le Mans this year.

Now, he’s got a new challenge, and the Japanese driver says: “I will be going to the race weekend without testing, which is not an easy thing to be honest but the team has given me all the support, so no worries at all. Andretti is one of the world’s most popular racing families and I am so excited to have my Formula E debut race under his name.”

CEO of the team Michael Andretti says: “We are very fortunate to have a driver of Kobayashi’s calibre in the car to start the season. He has shown what he can do in both Formula 1 and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step.”

Kamui Kobayashi gets a new gig
Credit: Sauber F1 Team