Formula E Preview: Andretti Autosport

Michael Andretti & Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ahead of the inaugural Formula E race weekend we're taking a look at the series' runners and riders. Next up, American squad Andretti Autosport, who will field Franck Montagny and Charles Pic.

With the IndyCar campaign already over, the Andretti squad have found a perfect off-season alternative by joining the Formula E grid.

Their American open-wheel pedigree is clear: they have won dozens of races, several titles, and are the reigning Indy 500 champions with Ryan Hunter-Reay.

And they're diverse. Andretti currently have a presence in Global Rallycross and the IndyCar feeder series, as well as past experience in sportscar racing. It will be interesting to see how they adapt to an entirely new formula, but given the experience among their team they should be on the pace.

Driver-wise, Frenchman Franck Montagny has been confirmed for some time now. The 36-year-old brings vast experience that includes F1, multiple Le Mans attempts for the factory Peugeot squad, and Superleague Formula. What's more, he's started a handful of IndyCar races in recent years, two of them with Andretti, and has raced for the team in sportscars, so they're already well acquainted.

Though not the youngest member of the grid, Montagny is a respected racer and very fast into the bargain. He represents a smart signing for the American squad.

Though unconfirmed at the time of writing, the second seat is set to be filled by Charles Pic - in China at least. However it is highly likely that the team will field an American driver in the series' two U.S-based races, with Marco Andretti quite understandably one of the favourites for the role. It is unclear whether Pic will race the remaining rounds or is a one-off for China.

24-year-old Pic has an impressive junior racing C.V and two rather less standout years in F1 to his name. He was always a quick learner in Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2, but perhaps stepped up to the big time a little too soon. He had a solid debut season at Marussia in 2012, but seemed out of his depth when paired with a rookie team-mate at Caterham last year.

This season he's been a reserve at Lotus, and his pedigree makes him a solid addition to the Formula E grid. Hopefully the Andretti crew can find him a set of overalls - he drove for them at the final test still wearing his 2013 Caterham gear.