Former Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli has become the latest driver to sample the Spark-Renault SRT-01E, the car that will form the basis for the FIA's burgeoning new Formula E electric-series.

The Italian, who remains one of the most experienced GP racers of all time having started 252 races in a career that spanned 14 years, has maintained a low competition profile since exiting the sport at the end of the 2011 season.

However, Trulli - who drove for Minardi, Prost, Renault, Jordan, Toyota and Lotus/Caterham during his time in F1 - is being tipped to make a return to racing competition later in the year as part of Formula E having been invited to join its 'Drivers' Club'.

Trulli has subsequently also taken the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the car in southern France, the F1 race winner declaring his enthusiasm for the innovative machine.

"From inside the cockpit it feels like driving a proper Formula One car, the sound is different but you still hear the sound of the electrical engine and gearbox, so in terms of feeling it's perfect for a racing driver," he said, following his outing. "Maybe from the outside it seems different but inside you don't notice it. So far I have enjoyed it because it's a nice car to drive.

"As a first day I expected something different and it certainly is, but having a feeling of a racing car was the most important thing. I have been racing for 30 years, 15 in Formula One, so I have seen more or less everything so I anticipated finding something unlike anything else but it gave me the same feeling of the old days."

Trulli is one of several notable names in the Formula E Drivers' Club, including fellow F1 alumni Nick Heidfeld, Jerome d'Ambrosio, Christijan Albers, Narain Karthikeyan, Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari and Takuma Sato.

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