By Arwa Lodhi
Katherine Legge was announced as the driver for the Super Aguri Formula E team last week–the race’s first ever female driver. But of course, Legge is no novice. She’s an experienced driver with years of experience, including having driven in the DTM series, as well as racing in the Formula Renault UK, British F3, and Atlantic Championship.
Legge said: “For me this is a really exciting opportunity. The car is fantastic, it looks amazing and it will be very quick. Racing through the streets of the world’s leading cities will be an incredible experience and I think it’s a great chance to bring racing to the people. We will be driving in their cities on their streets.”
For those who don’t know, Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric race series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans, whilst accelerating the interest in electric vehicles and promoting sustainability. With races in major cities in China, Malaysia, Uruguay, Argentina, US, Monaco, Germany and the UK, Formula E uses cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph (225kph).
Its 10 teams feature some of the leading international names in motorsport including Alain Prost and Michael Andretti, along with high-profile environmental supporters including Sir Richard Branson. Legge is the 11th confirmed driver for the inaugural Formula E season, joining Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi at Audi Sport Abt, Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari at Virgin Racing, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok at Mahindra Racing, Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin at Venturi, Franck Montagny at Andretti Autosport and Jarno Trulli at TrulliGP.
We’re delighted to see that women are getting behind the Formula E not only as spectators and “Grid Girls”, but behind the wheel as well.