Aron, Maloney Among F2 Drivers Set for Formula E Appearances in Misano and Berlin

Aron, Maloney Among F2 Drivers Set for Formula E Appearances in Misano and Berlin

Zane Maloney and Paul Aron in Bahrain | Credit: Formula Motorsport Limited

F2 frontrunner and current lead rookie Paul Aron will make his FIA Formula E World Championship race debut next month at the Berlin E-Prix, while five other drivers, including championship leader Zane Maloney, are set for appearances in the all-electric single-seater series’ rookie sessions in April and May.

It was announced Thursday morning that Aron, who sits second in the F2 standings with Hitech Grand Prix, would be joining Jaguar-powered Envision Racing for both the Misano E-Prix’s all-rookie free practice 0 session on 12 April and the Berlin E-Prix double-header on 11 and 12 May.

For the latter event, the former Mercedes junior will line up alongside Jaguar reserve Joel Eriksson, a onetime European F3 frontrunner and the younger brother of erstwhile GP2 Series driver Jimmy Eriksson. The pair will replace Envision’s regular drivers Sébastien Buemi and Robin Frijns, who are scheduled to compete with Toyota and BMW, their respective Hypercar teams, in the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on the first day of the e-prix weekend.

“This is a very unusual situation for us as a team, and we are obviously frustrated that the calendar clash could not be resolved by the FIA and FEO [Formula E Operations],” Envision Racing managing director Sylvain Filippi said in an Envision team press release.

Estonian driver Aron’s last-minute appearance in the rookie test this weekend comes at the expense of Jack Aitken, who was originally announced for the Misano race last Wednesday. Aitken had raced in F2 from 2018 to 2021, during which he also made a cameo appearance in F1’s 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. The 28-year-old now races in sportscars but had also appeared with Envision in Formula E’s rookie sessions in Berlin and Rome last year.

In the press release, Envision said it “extends its thanks to Jack for his understanding”.

Maloney: Formula E and Formula 2 cars ‘complete opposites’

As was announced three weeks ago, F2 championship leader Maloney, who races in F2 for Rodin Motorsport, will appear with Andretti Global at both the FP0 session in Misano and the series’ official rookie test in Berlin on 13 May, the day after the e-prix weekend concludes.

The Sauber F1 junior was announced as Andretti’s reserve driver for the 2023–24 Formula E season in November 2023. By that point, he had already had several outings with the team at the Berlin rookie test in May, the Rome FP0 in July and pre-season testing in October.

Maloney has also been embedded with Andretti at other Formula E events, where he shadows reigning drivers’ champion Jake Dennis and new signing Norman Nato.

Following his third-place finish in the F2’s most recent Feature Race in Australia, InsideF2 spoke to Maloney about his forthcoming Formula E appearances.

“All the cars are very different that I’m driving,” Maloney said. “I’m very busy this year, that’s for sure.

“I think it’s amazing to have the opportunity with Andretti to be going to all the races and seeing how Jake and Norman go about racing as well. It gives you a different perspective.

“In terms of driving, if it will help me for Formula 2, I don’t think so. I think driving any car in the world helps for the next car, just driving more, but they’re complete opposites in terms of how they need to be driven and what they’re like,” he continued.

“I’m trying to take it day by day, like I said, and just continue to do the best job I can in everything, which I’m doing so far. I’m learning a lot with Andretti, with Rodin, with Stake F1 Team [Sauber], so I feel like I’m in a good place.”

FE: A new destination for F2 drivers?

Four other current F2 drivers are scheduled to make appearances in upcoming Formula E sessions. PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard, currently 22nd in the points, will appear in the Misano FP0 session for McLaren’s Formula E squad, the team announced last Thursday.

For the Berlin test, Maloney will be joined at Andretti by F2 rival and fellow ex–Red Bull junior Jak Crawford, who will make his first Formula E appearance with the American team. Crawford, racing for DAMS, currently sits eighth in the F2 standings.

MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger, currently third in the F2 standings, will make his debut for Porsche in the Berlin rookie test alongside reigning Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters champion Thomas Preining. Invicta Racing driver Kush Maini, who is fifth in the F2 standings, is also set to appear in the test for Mahindra Racing.

Formula E has become an increasingly popular destination for F2 drivers looking to move to professional motorsport. Now in its 10th season, the all-electric series has 11 teams powered by six manufacturers. The calendar, which runs from January to July this season, features 16 races at 10 events on four continents.

There is only one rookie on the grid for the 2023–24 season: India’s Jehan Daruvala, who raced in F2 from 2020 to 2023 and spent last season as Mahindra’s reserve driver before making the switch to a full-time Formula E seat with Maserati MSG Racing.

Previously, Jake Hughes ended his 2022 F2 campaign partway through the season to focus on his Formula E commitments; he was announced to be racing for McLaren’s team later that year. Meanwhile, the ERT Formula E Team, formerly NIO, currently fields onetime F2 frontrunners Dan Ticktum and Sérgio Sette Câmara, both of whom joined the series after their F2 careers ended.

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Zane Maloney and Paul Aron in Bahrain | Credit: Formula Motorsport Limited