Formula E announces Legge as first female driver

The first female driver has signed up to get behind the wheel for the all-electric Formula E racing series. The 33-year-old British racer Katherine Legge is the first of two […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The first female driver has signed up to get behind the wheel for the all-electric Formula E racing series.

The 33-year-old British racer Katherine Legge is the first of two drivers announced for Team Amlin Aguri.

Legge’s successful career includes stints in the Champ Car World Series, the DTM series and IndyCar, while in 2005 she became one of a handful of women to test Formula 1 cars.

Legge said: “I think it’s a great chance to bring racing to the people. We will be driving in their cities on their streets.”

The championship brings a “new dimension” to motorsport, said Team Principal Mark Preston: “This is as much about strategy as it is about driving fast – it’s playing chess at 220 km/h.”

Alejandro Agag CEO of Formula hoped Legge is “the first of many” women to join the championship.

The electric answer to F1 revs up with five free-to-attend pre-season tests over July and August, before the first official race in Beijing on 13 September 2014. London will host the spectacular finish on 27 June 2015.

All teams use the same car for the first year, check out what it looks like speeding through the streets of Las Vegas here.