Berthon to test for Aguri in second test


GP2 Series veteran Nathanael Berthon will test with the Team Aguri team at next weeks second FIA Formula E test at Donington Park.

The French racer has admitted he has been eager to test one of the Formula E cars and prove what he can do, and will now get his opportunity with the Aguri Suzuki-led outfit on top of his GP2 commitments with Team Lazarus and his European Le Mans Series outings with Murphy Prototypes.

“I have been trying to get a chance to test for a long-time to show what I can do in a car like Formula E,” said Berthon to Motorsport.com.

“Aguri have given me this opportunity and I am happy. I love the series because it is not just about being fast; it is also about strategy and driver responsibility in managing the race.

“I have shown this is a strong part of my driving, especially in endurance racing but also too with managing the tyres in GP2.

“I am just focusing on this test for the moment. As I said, I would very much like to race in the Formula E Championship, especially as there is a race in Paris now.

“This is attractive because we now have no Grand Prix in France, so it would be very nice to race on the streets of our capital city next year.

“I am also proud to be asked by a big name like Aguri Suzuki who has achieved so much in racing.”

Berthon is set to test for the team on Tuesday, a day after another Frenchman, Nicolas Lapierre, takes to the track.

“I’m very excited about testing the Team Aguri Formula E car,” said Lapierre. “I had the chance to work on hybrid system for the past few years [with Toyota] but this is another step and I’m looking forward driving this 100 percent electric car.

“The level of drivers and teams is very high. I watched many of season one races and I’ve seen some great racing.”