Takuma Sato will compete in the inaugural race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship this weekend in Beijing, it has been announced.

Sato will drive for Aguri, the same team he competed with in Formula 1 from 2006 to 2008, before the team closed its doors.

The Japanese driver will stand in for Antonio Felix da Costa, who is already confirmed for the team, but who is unable to compete in Beijing due to his DTM commitments.

"I'm very much looking forward to making history with Amlin Aguri as we compete in the first ever Formula E race," said Sato, who has been competing in IndyCar since 2010, latterly racing with A.J. Foyt Enterprises.

"I'm excited to join the team especially reconnecting with good old friends from Super Aguri F1 team days and going racing together again. I'll be pushing hard to make sure we're doing our absolute best in Beijing.

"Racing electric cars is something fascinating and it will take motorsport into a new direction and I'm thrilled to be playing a part in these early stages."

Aguri Suzuki, executive chairman of Amlin Aguri, added: "Takuma is a proven driver and his presence will provide unity and experience for the team. He has great knowledge of how to race on street circuits which will also be an important attribute for us."

Meanwhile, Fabio Leimer joins the team as reserve driver for the Beijing race having tested with the squad over the summer. Katherine Legge is the team's other race driver.

"It's great to have Takuma and Fabio on board with Katherine at Amlin Aguri," team principal Mark Preston summarised. "Takuma is a street circuit specialist and his experience in IndyCar will bring a wealth of knowledge into the team. Fabio knows what it takes to succeed in a one-make championship and when he gets his opportunity we know he can perform. Everyone wants to win the first Formula E race this weekend and Amlin Aguri certainly won't be passing up this opportunity to etch our name into the history books with a podium result on the streets of Beijing."

 

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