The newly-branded MS&AD Andretti Formula E team enjoyed a good pre-season testing session as the new ATEC-003 car took to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
Testing kicked-off with veteran Antonio Felix da Costa behind the wheel of the No28 MS&AD Andretti car and test-driver Alexander Sims in the No27. Tom Blomqvist joined the action on day two and he impressed in his official Formula E debut, finding himself in the top 10 of Tuesday's afternoon session, coming in 10th on the time-sheet.
The FIA Formula E championship will begin the season with Rounds 1&2 in Hong Kong on December 2 and 3.
Co-Team Principal Roger Griffiths said: “We are fairly pleased with the way things have gone and we got through all the items on our test list. We learned an awful lot this week but we still have a lot of work to do before Hong Kong.
“It was an exciting time for the team, unveiling the new brand of the MS&AD Andretti Formula E team. The new livery has attracted a lot of attention and I think it's going to look incredibly dynamic when it’s out on the racetrack.
“We ran with three different drivers in the cars and they all did a good job for us. For Tom and Alex, it was the first opportunity for them to run with the rest of the Formula E field. I think they learned a lot from it and certainly we've got a lot of good data to look at it. There's still some work to do but I'm encouraged by what I’ve seen so far.
“Next stop is Hong Kong and I’m excited to be back in Asia, close to the home of our new title sponsor, MS&AD Insurance. It's an exciting time but it’s going to be a busy couple of months for the team as well.”
The new livery marks the company’s continued support for this cutting-edge, global series, with sponsorship transferring to parent brand MS&AD. Japanese-headquartered MS&AD is one of the world’s ten biggest non-life insurers.
Fans were given a sneak-preview of the livery at New York race in July. The unique, iridescent finish revives the stunning, and frequently copied, metallics of Amlin’s Season One livery.
Now that one of Japan’s oldest companies is lining up on the grid, Japanese fans, a top three audience for Formula E, at last have a team to follow.
Adrian Britten, MS Amlin’s Director of Brand, said: “We hold the risks for people, businesses and communities around the world and mitigating the impact of extreme weather is very important to our clients and our business. Through Formula E we help present the world with a compelling case for switching to alternative fuel sources for our transport needs.”
Michael Andretti, Team Owner of MS&AD Andretti, said: “We are delighted that such an esteemed company as MS&AD is actively engaging in this exciting race series. Our sponsors are a key partner in Andretti Formula E and we are look forward to bringing the exciting new race series to a wider audience, not least in Japan.”