|Date of Birth||30 May 1994|
|Date of Death|
|Experience||FIA Formula 2 Championship|
FIA Formula 3 Championship
|Formula E Career|
|Début||2019 Rookie Test|
|Teams|| NIO Formula E Team|
Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
|Team||ROKiT Venturi Racing|
Jake Hughes (born 30 May 1994 in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK) is a British racing driver, who serves as the test/reserve driver for ROKiT Venturi Racing during the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. A veteran of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, Hughes got his first taste of an FE car at the 2019 Rookie Test, before becoming Venturi's reserve for 2020/21.
Hughes began his racing career at the age of fourteen, racing in various UK karting championships through to 2012. 2012 would also see Hughes make his debut in single-seaters, entering single rounds of the Formula Renault BARC full and winter championships. That earned his a full season seat in the inaugural BRDC F4 Championship for 2014, with Hughes going on to claim the first BRDC F4 title with four wins.
Renault Rumbles: 2014 - 2015
For 2014 Hughes moved into the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC for the full season, while also racing in the sister Eurocup and Alps series. Eighth at the end of the season saw Hughes move to the Eurocup full time in 2015, with the Brit again competing in the Alps series at the same time. Hughes would ultimately finish second in the Alps series with three wins, while claiming sixth in the Eurocup.
Three Dreams: 2016 - 2020
For 2016 Hughes moved into the GP3 Series, signing with DAMS for their first season in the Championship. Two wins saw Hughes claim eighth in the Championship, with the Brit also taking part in one round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin. F3 Europe would serve as Hughes main source of entertainment for 2017, with the Brit going on to claim one win and fifth in the Championship.
A return to GP3 would follow for Hughes in 2018, with Hughes also plotting a campaign in the F3 Asian Championship in the second half of the season. Second in the latter series, as well as eighth in GP3, saw Hughes remain in GP3 for 2019, as the series was reforged as the FIA Formula 3 Championship that season. Again racing for a new team in the form of HWA Racelab, Hughes would improve to seventh in the Championship, again claiming one victory.
2020 saw Hughes open his campaign with another run in the F3 Asian Championship, although he would slip to fourteenth in the series. He paired that with another full campaign in the FIA F3 Championship, claiming two further wins in what was later announced to be his final F3 season. The Brit would subsequently end the season with a one-off appearance in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, competing at the Sochi meeting before being replaced by Théo Pourchaire.
Formula E History
Hughes was offered his first chance to test an FIA Formula E car at the 2019 Rookie Test, when NIO placed him in their #8 car for the day. The Brit went on to record the nineteenth fastest time, two and a half seconds quicker then test teammate Jamie Chadwick, before having to wait a full year before sitting in an FE car again. Indeed, for the 2020 Rookie Test, Hughes was given a seat with the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, with the Brit again out-pacing his test teammate Daniel Juncadella en-route to the seventh fastest time of the session. Furthermore, his association with Mercedes would open the door for Hughes to test for both the factory Mercedes squad as well as their customers Venturi, with the Monegasque squad ultimately signing Hughes to be their test/reserve driver for the entire 2020/21 season.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Jake Hughes's career in Formula E in statistical form:
|Jake Hughes's Formula E Test Record|
|2018/19||NIO Formula E Team||8||NIO Sport 004||Test Driver|
|2019/20||Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team||17||Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01||Test Driver|
|2020/21||ROKiT Venturi Racing||0||Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02||Test/Reserve Driver|
Videos and Images:
- Elliot Wood, 'Jake Hughes lands Formula E reserve driver role at Venturi', formulascout.com, (Formula Scout, 25/02/2021), https://formulascout.com/jake-hughes-lands-formula-e-reserve-driver-role-at-venturi/75643, (Accessed 25/02/2021)
- 'Full rookie line up revealed ahead of Marrakesh test', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/rookie-test-line-up-marrakesh, (Accessed 07/01/2019)
- 'Jake Hughes', driverdb.com, (Driver Database, 2020), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/jake-hughes/, (Accessed 22/09/2020)
- Josh Suttill , 'Jake Hughes confirms 2020 will be his last year racing in Formula 3', formulascout.com, (Formula Scout, 11/09/2020), https://formulascout.com/jake-hughes-confirms-2020-will-be-his-last-year-racing-in-formula-3/67945, (Accessed 22/09/2020)
- Keith Collantine, 'Hughes to make F2 debut as seat shuffle sees Matsushita depart', racefans.net, (Collantine Media Ltd, 22/09/2020), https://www.racefans.net/2020/09/22/hughes-to-make-f2-debut-as-seat-shuffle-sees-matsushita-depart/, (Accessed 22/09/2020)
- 'Marrakesh Rookie Testing: Results Booklet', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/01/2019), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/04_2018-19/04_Marrakesh%20Rookie%20Testing/96_ABB%20FIA%20Formula%20E%20Championship/66_Marrakesh%20Rookie%20Test%20Booklet.pdf, (Accessed 13/01/2019)
- MercedesEQFE, 'Jake Hughes and Daniel Juncadella have been confirmed as our Rookie Test Drivers', twitter.com, (Twitter: Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, 20/02/2020), https://twitter.com/MercedesEQFE/status/1230568219670450176, (Accessed 21/02/2020)