Japanese ace Kamui Kobayashi has been confirmed by Andretti as their driver to début in the Hong Kong season opener.
After months of speculation, MS&AD Andretti have confirmed that former Formula 1 driver and current Toyota racer in WEC, Kamui Kobayashi, will join the team ahead of the season start on the streets of Hong Kong next December 2nd.
It had been rumoured that the Japanese ace was likely to join the team, but rumours faded when the FIA announced Tom Blomqvist to drive for the American outfit on the Formula E entry list. The story takes another twist with Kobayashi racing in Hong Kong.
"Andretti is one of the world most popular racing families and I am so excited to have my Formula E debut race under his name. I will be going to the race weekend without testing which is not an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support so no worrying at all and I am really looking forward to having good races there", expressed the Japanese racer about his arrival to the team.
Andretti Formula E CEO Michael Andretti, said: "We are very fortunate to have a driver of Kobayashi’s caliber in the No. 27 MS&AD Andretti car to start the season in Hong Kong. He has shown what he can do in both Formula One and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step".
Kobayashi has an extensive motorsport career - having won titles in junior formulae, he raced in Formula 1 for five seasons with Toyota, Sauber and Caterham, and currently is taking part in the World Endurance Championship with Toyota as well as Japan's Super Formula. Back in June, set a new lap record in qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.