Kamui Kobayashi will make his Formula E debut next month after signing a deal to race for the Andretti team in the season four opener in Hong Kong.

Kobayashi raced in Formula 1 between 2009 and 2014 before turning his attention to sports car racing, joining Toyota's LMP1 programme and breaking the Le Mans lap record earlier this year en route to pole position.

The Japanese racer will now link up with Andretti to make his debut in Formula E in Hong Kong, partnering Antonio Felix da Costa for the double-header round on the Central waterfront.

"I would like to thank to Michael, the whole Andretti Formula E team and MS&AD insurance for giving me this wonderful opportunity to race at the Hong Kong ePrix," Kobayashi said.

"Andretti is one of the world most popular racing families and I am so excited to have my Formula E debut race under his name.

"I will be going to the race weekend without testing which is not an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support so no worrying at all and I am really looking forward to having good races there."

"We are very fortunate to have a driver of Kobayashi’s caliber in the No. 27 MS&AD Andretti car to start the season in Hong Kong,” added team boss Michael Andretti.

“He has shown what he can do in both Formula One and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step. To partner one of the largest companies in Japan, MS&AD Insurance, with one of the most popular Japanese racing drivers, will be exciting to see.

"The passion that Japanese fans have is incredible and we expect to see that when he makes his debut in Hong Kong."


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