Matthew Brabham to make Formula E debut

November 20, 2014

Matthew Brabham to make Formula E debut

November 20, 2014

brabhamHe may be part of motorsport’s most famous family dynasties from the other side of the world but this weekend Matthew Brabham will actually become the first American-born driver to race in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Brabham will replace Charles Pic at Andretti Autosport – the same team the third-generation racer contested this year’s Indy Lights Championship. He will partner the experienced Franck Montagny at Andretti.

brabham_picBrabham is the son of four-time IMSA champion and Le Mans 24 Hour winner Geoff Brabham and the grand-son of three-time Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham.

The Australian Brabham family also includes Matthew Brabham’s uncles David and Gary Brabham who both made it all the way to Formula One.

Matthew Brabham has both a US and Australian passport – being born in Florida in 1994 – his father’s last year of US competition.

“It’s going to be an exciting weekend to race in Malaysia, it’s come about fairly quickly, but I’m ready for the challenge,” Brabham said.

“The Andretti Formula-E team worked hard on preparing these unique cars for tight street circuits and that paid dividends in China.

“I’ve been communicating closely with the engineers since then to come up with new ideas and strategies for the future races – so hopefully we can move forward again.

“Formula E caught my eye from the beginning – the technology is intriguing and to get the chance to finally race after doing some early testing is really cool.

“The talent and experience in the field is tremendous – it’s the best that you’re likely to see outside a Formula 1 World Championship race. As an up and coming driver, it’s very rare that you get an opportunity to race drivers with such experience.

“I’m the youngest in the field, which is a real honor, but that doesn’t mean anything when the lights go out – I’m there to do a job for Andretti Formula-E and position myself as best I can.”

This Saturday’s race in the Malaysian city of Putrajaya is the second ever round for the new FIA Formula E championship which features ten two-car teams doing battle with zero emissions. Developed with the technical assistance of Renault, Williams Grand Prix Engineering and McLaren – with componentry taken from the McLaren P1 road car.

Michelin supply the tires, which, as grooved radials, bring a road going relevance. The package is contained within a Dallara chassis.

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