DS PENSKE is pleased to announce that William Stevens and Robert Shwartzman will pilot the DS E-TENSE FE23 for the upcoming in-season rookie test at the historic German airfield following the 2023 Sabic Berlin e-Prix on Monday, April 24th, 2023.
The British racing driver William ‘Will’ Stevens started his career as a European and Asia Pacific Karting Champion, through the top junior single seater categories. Will advanced to Formula 1 before progressing to Sportscars and Endurance racing in 2016. Will then joined the highly-competitive LMP2 Championship, where he has scored multiple wins and podiums to date, most recently winning the 2023 LMP2 World Endurance Racing Championship and Le Mans 24 hours
Robert Shwartzman is currently a reserve driver for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team. At the age of five, he took his first win in the Easykart International Grand Final, then took many trophies in kart events. With three wins and 10 podiums Robert clinched the Formula 3 Champion title in 2019 and he continued that success in the Formula 2 Championship from 2020 and finished runner-up in the driver’s championship in 2021.
Jay Penske, Owner and Team Principal of DS PENSKE
‘it is always a special moment for the team to host talented drivers and give them their first taste of Formula E. This event is an amazing opportunity to see how they perform in a Formula E car. I am very excited to have Robert and Will behind the wheel of our Gen3 car, they have both demonstrated their raw speed and racecraft throughout the single-seater categories. Robert is a fierce competitor and Will has impressive technical skills, their mindsets fit perfectly with DS PENSKE and I am glad to have them in the team for this test!’
William Stevens, DS PENSKE rookie driver
‘I am really happy to be taking in a new challenge in Formula E with DS PENSKE. This is completely different from any other race series I’ve been in, but I am hoping my experience in many other categories will give me a head start as a rookie. I have a sense of what the car is like from the work I have done in the simulator so far and look forward to the challenge ahead. I am curious to try it first hand, especially around such a unique track that is Berlin. Together with some of the best drivers and manufacturers in the world makes it an exciting place to be.’
Robert Shwartzman, DS PENSKE rookie driver
‘I am thrilled to get the chance to drive a Formula E car, and I thank Jay Penske for giving me this opportunity. This championship is a very interesting growing platform, it has quite a different approach compared to other racing series but that’s why it’s fascinating. As a driver I’m always keen to be able to gain experience with different cars and this test offers me the chance to try a new kind of single-seater in a year that sees me involved in Formula 1 as third driver and in GT racing as an official driver of Ferrari. To get to do my Formula E debut with the most awarded manufacturer on the grid makes this particularly special. I am also very excited to work alongside this team, who have been very welcoming, and shares with me the will to succeed in every aspect of the sport!’