IndyCar aspirant and 2019 McLaren Formula 1 test driver Sergio Sette Camara has secured the final place in the Formula E rookie test line-up with the Dragon team and will be the team’s reserve for the rest of the year.
The Formula 2 race winner will join the already announced Joel Eriksson at Dragon for the Marrakesh test.
It will be Sette Camara’s Formula E debut, and he has spent this week at Dragon’s Silverstone base undertaking a seat fitting and simulation work.
Sette Camara is set to race in IndyCar for the 2020 season, sharing a Carlin seat with fellow Brazilian Felipe Nasr.
He has most recently raced in F2, where he counts three victories in as many seasons with MP Motorsport and DAMS as his highlights.
Last season he finished fourth in the final points standings behind champion and now Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck de Vries, Nicholas Latifi and Luca Ghiotto.
“I can’t wait to drive a Formula E car for the first time,” said Camara.
“Working with the team at Geox Dragon in Silverstone has been a great experience so far, and we will continue to work hard to make improvements on the Penske EV-4 package this season.”
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Geox Dragon this season, it is a great opportunity, and I thank Jay Penske for entrusting me with this role.
“I am looking forward to the test in Marrakesh, and I am excited to continue my work on our season six package and our simulation tools.”
Dragon has had a difficult start to the current season with arguably its strongest line-up to date in Brendon Hartley and Nico Muller.
A score of just two points from the first four races, gained by Hartley in a penalty strewn second race in Diriyah, has raised questions about Penske’s insistence on persevering with its self-designed and built powertrain.
Muller remains point-less this season despite a strong qualifying performance in Mexico to place seventh on the grid. But that race ended in an early accident, which it is believed a software issue contributed to.
Sette Camara and Eriksson is a strong test line-up for the team, which has gone through several engineering staff in recent seasons.
Jay Penske, owner of Dragon and Penske Autosport, the manufacturer of the team’s powertrain, described Sette Camara and Eriksson as “the best all-around, race and test line-up in the series”.
“Sergio is a promising young driver that has demonstrated his raw speed and racecraft throughout the junior single-seater categories,” added Penske.
“I look forward to seeing the results of his test in Marrakesh and his work developing our current race package and the simulation tools we need to return to the front of the most competitive grid in motorsport.”
Marrakesh rookie test entry list in full
DS Techeetah – James Rossiter, Filipe Albuquerque
Audi – Mattia Drudi, Kelvin van der Linde
Virgin – Alice Powell, Nick Cassidy
BMW I Andretti – Kyle Kirkwood, Lucas Auer
Nissan e.dams – Jann Mardenborough, Mitsunori Takaboshi
Mahindra – Pipo Derani, Sam Dejonghe
Jaguar – Jamie Chadwick, Sacha Fenestraz
Venturi – Arthur Leclerc, Norman Nato
Dragon – Joel Eriksson, Sergio Sette Camara
NIO333 – Daniel Cao, Antonio Fuoco
Mercedes – Jake Hughes, Daniel Juncadella
Porsche – Thomas Preining, Frederic Makowiecki