Former F1 drivers eye Formula E seats

Former F1 drivers eye Formula E seats

Five ex-F1 drivers have registered their interest to race in the FIA’s new Formula E series, joining its Drivers’ Club.03913803_070

Sebastien Buemi, Karun Chandhok, Lucas di Grassi, Takuma Sato and Vitantonio Liuzzi have shown their support for the all-electric series by registering to the club, which also shows their willingness to race in the future.

It will also give them the chance to test the new car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, in the future. Alejandro Agag – CEO of promoters Formula E Holdings – says it is important that the series attracts drivers who have raced at motorsport’s highest level.

“We’re delighted to be starting the New Year, which of course is a very important one for Formula E, on such a positive note by announcing our new Drivers’ Club,” said Agag. “From the very beginning, we have set out to deliver great racing to fans across the globe and to do that you need high calibre drivers.

“Now that we’ve announced all 10 teams, everyone is keen to find out who the drivers will be. Of course, we cannot confirm any drivers just yet as it will be down to the individual teams to select who fills their seats.

“However, we hope by offering them a ‘pool’ of top international drivers to choose from – all of whom support the new series – we can deliver on this promise of providing close, entertaining racing in city-centres around the world. We also hope it will showcase to fans, TV broadcasters and potential sponsors the high profile names Formula E is attracting and the level of drivers they can expect to see race come September.”

Former HRT and Caterham F1 test driver Ma Qing Hua, IndyCar driver Marco Andretti and DTM racer Adrien Tambay have also joined the scheme. 10 teams, including former F1 outfit Super Aguri, have signed up for the series, which kicks off this September in Beijing.

Alejandro Agag recently spoke to RichlandF1 about the series. See the full interview here.

Image courtesy of FIA Formula E

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.