With his signing to the Monaco-based Maserati MSG Racing, Jehan Daruvala joins a list of numerous drivers from Asia to race in Formula E. Ahead of the start of the 2023-24 season, Asian Motorsport looks back on the other Asian drivers who have raced in the electric single-seater championship.

By Seb Tirado

Ho-Pin Tung
The Chinese driver from Velp, Netherlands tested the Gen1 car prior to the start of the inaugural season in 2014. He then went on to race for China Racing (now the ERT Formula E Team) in the first three rounds in Beijing, Putrajaya and Buenos Aires. Tung achieved his best finish of 11thin Putrajaya and Buenos Aires and was classified 26th in the drivers’ standings. After retiring from racing, he now works as a property consultant in Hong Kong.

Ma Qinghua
Hailing from Shanghai, the Chinese driver raced for Team Aguri in the final four rounds of the 2015-16 season. He achieved a best finish of 11th in the first race of the London double-header and was classified 19th in the drivers’ standings. He then went on to race for Techeetah in three rounds of the 2016-17 season, with a best finish of 15th in Marrakesh. In the 2017-18 season, he raced in two rounds for the NIO Formula E Team, achieving a best finish of 13th in the second race of the New York City double-header. He was classified 25th and 23rd in the drivers’ standings respectively. Whilst he was able to secure a full-time drive in the 2019-20 season with the newly renamed NIO 333 FE Team, he was only able to compete in the first five rounds of the season as COVID-19 travel restrictions out of China prevented him from competing in the 9-day, 6-race finale in Berlin. He achieved a best finish of 16th in Santiago and was classified 28th and last in the drivers’ standings. Ma now currently races in the Kumho TCR World Tour with Cyan Racing Lynk & Co.

Karun Chandhok
The former F1 driver from Chennai, India drove full-time for Mahindra Racing in the 2014-2015 season. He achieved his best finish of 5th at the first round in Beijing and scored further points with 6th at the following round in Putrajaya. However, these proved to be the last of his point-scores that season as he was only able to achieve a further best of 12th in Moscow and London, going on to finish 17th in the drivers’ standings. Chandhok now works as a presenter, analyst and commentator on the Formula E broadcasts.

Kamui Kobayashi
The former F1 driver from Amagasaki, Japan drove in the first two rounds of the 2017-18 season in Hong Kong for the MS&AD Andretti Formula E Team. He achieved a best finish of 15th in the first race of the double-header and was classified 24th in the drivers’ standings. Kobayashi now currently races in the World Endurance Championship with Toyota Gazoo Racing, with whom he has won the title twice along with the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Takuma Sato
The former F1 driver and 2-time Indy 500 winner drove for Amlin Aguri in the first round of the 2014-15 season in Beijing. Whilst he retired on Lap 21 due to an electrics issue, he scored 2 points for the fastest lap of the race, thus making him the only driver in Formula E history to have a 100% fastest lap record. Sato most recently competed part-time in the NTT IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Sakon Yamamoto
The former F1 driver from Toyohashi, Japan also drove for Amlin Aguri in the 2014-15 season and competed in the double-header finale in London. He retired from Race 1 with a battery issue as he was leaving the pits after his car swap and retired from Race 2 on Lap 7 after a crash with Jarno Trulli. He was classified 35th and last in the drivers’ standings. Today, Yakamoto serves as a member of the Japanese House of Representatives, having assumed office in 2021.

The 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will see 17 races across 11 countries in their biggest calendar yet, with 2 brand new Asian venues in Shanghai and Tokyo alongside the return of Hyderabad:

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