Nick Cassidy will replace Sam Bird at Envision Virgin Racing after signing a “multi-year” agreement with the Formula E squad.
New Zealander Cassidy, who tested for Virgin Racing at the Marrakesh rookie test this year, will team up alongside Robin Frijns following Bird’s departure to join Jaguar Racing.
Cassidy had been competing in Japan where he won the Super Formula championship in 2019, and also finished runner-up in the Super GT championship.
He claimed the Super GT title in 2017 when driving for Lexus, the year after finishing fourth in FIA Formula 3 European Championship; a field that included current BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Maximilian Guenther.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to be joining Formula E and Envision Virgin Racing from next season,” said Cassidy. “The team is one of the most successful on the grid, have a great set-up and facilities, and have continually impressed me since I joined them for the rookie test back in March. All drivers know the depth and quality of the field in Formula E is among the best in the world, so it is great to be adding my name to this roster.”
He added: “Racing in Japan has been an amazing experience and I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to achieve so much in a short space of time, but I feel it’s now time for the next challenge in my career and I’m very much looking forward to doing that with Envision Virgin Racing and Formula E.”
The team’s Managing Director Sylvain Filippi said: “As a team, it is always important to look ahead to ensure our long-term success. In Nick we know we have a very ambitious, capable driver with raw talent, speed and race craft, as well as an impressive track record for his age. Moving to become a world championship next season, we know Formula E is going to be as competitive as ever, but from his short time with us we are confident – together with Robin Frijns – we have two drivers that can compete at the sharp end to win championships.”