Jaguar could use test to aid driver de­ci­sion

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Jaguar Rac­ing could use the of­fi­cial For­mula E pre-sea­son tests at Don­ing­ton Park to eval­u­ate its 2016/17 driver line-up.

The Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer will re­turn to mo­tor­sport af­ter a 12-year ab­sence when it makes its FE de­but in Hong Kong this Oc­to­ber.

Spec­u­la­tion linked Jaguar to a driver an­nounce­ment at last week­end’s Bat­tersea Park 2015/16 fi­nale, but the mar­que in­sists it is not rush­ing a de­ci­sion.

It is un­der­stood the driver line-up may not be of­fi­cially con­firmed un­til a team launch af­ter the Don­ing­ton tests in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

Team di­rec­tor James Bar­clay told MN: “Based on the team we put to­gether, and the tal­ent we have, we are be­ing thor­ough in our prepa­ra­tion. Part of that will be the right driv­ers.”

Bar­clay also stressed that Jaguar would not be in­flu­enced by na­tion­al­ity, de­spite re­ports claim­ing at least one of the driv­ers will be Bri­tish.

Toy­ota World En­durance Cham­pi­onship driver An­thony David­son and GP2 race win­ner Alex Lynn are among those to have been linked to the seat, along with in­au­gu­ral FE driv­ers’ cham­pion Nel­son Pi­quet Jr.

Jaguar is two-thirds of the way through its test­ing pro­gramme with its in­au­gu­ral FE pow­er­train, hav­ing com­pleted 10 of its al­lot­ted 15 man­u­fac­turer days with the I-type 1.

It has racked up 1200km [450 miles] of mileage, and 130 hours of devel­op­ment work away from the track, and hopes to have com­pleted its pro­gramme by the end of July.

FE’S two lots of three-day tests will take place at Don­ing­ton Park from Au­gust 23 -25, and Septem­ber 5-7.

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