Kamui Kobayashi, the racing driver with multiple racing format experience, will make his electric street racing debut with MS&AD Andretti Formula E at the Season Four opener in Hong Kong on December 2 and 3. Kobayashi will pilot the No. 27 MS&AD Andretti ATEC-003 car in both races of the double-header on the streets of Hong Kong, looking to help MS&AD Andretti Formula E make a strong start to the season.
“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,” said Andretti Formula E CEO 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.”
The Japanese racing driver currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Super Formula Championship but has competed in all forms of motor racing including Formula One, where he made 76 starts over the course of four seasons. This will be Kobayashi’s first race in the FIA Formula E championship but he is excited for a new and exciting challenge.
Commenting on his appointment to the MS&AD Andretti Team, Kamui Kobayashi commented: “First of all, 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. 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.”
The exciting pairing will connect Kobayashi with Japanese insurance giant MS&AD, one of the world’s ten biggest non-life insurers. One of Japan’s oldest companies, MS&AD is excited to bring a Japanese driver into the series and engage with a growing Japanese fan-base, a top three audience for Formula E.
Adrian Britten, Director of Brand & Communications for MS Amlin, the London-based international arm of Japanese global insurer MS&AD, said: “We are delighted that Kamui Kobayashi has joined the MS&AD Andretti team and are looking forward to real excitement on the track. The welcome return of a Japanese driver to the Formula E grid will hopefully encourage a future Formula E race in Japan.”