Formula E expected to attract top Formula 1 teams
12 July, 2013
Alejandro Agag, the organiser of the new electric open-wheel series, thinks that top Formula 1 teams like Ferrari and Red Bull will eventually fight for the Formula E title.
The Austrian news agency APA said “there are already talks” between Agag and McLaren.
“I’m sure teams like Ferrari and Red Bull will be in Formula E one day,” Agag told the German newspaper Die Welt.
It is already known that Williams is supplying the series’ lithium batteries, McLaren is developing the electric motors and transmission, former Formula 1 supplier Michelin the tyres, and GP2 partner Dallara the chassis.
Agag said that former Formula 1 and GP2 drivers will be at the wheel, although “I can’t [give] any names yet”.
He insisted, however, that the plan is not to replace Formula 1.
“I’m a big F1 fan,” said Agag, “so I hope it never disappears. “Eventually, we would like to be as big as F1, but our focus is different.”
Formula E facts:
- First race will be in 2014.
- There will be 10 teams and 20 drivers. To date, 2 teams have officially signed to race in the 2014 championship.
- There will be races in 10 cities throughout the world: London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro (2 cities are TBD with Bangkok looking like a strong possibility).
- Renault will develop the cars with Spark Racing Technology. Forty-two cars will be built for the first season. They will be named “Spark-Renault”.
- Michelin will be the tire supplier for the first three seasons.
- TAG Heuer is the Official Timekeeper, Official Watch and Chronograph and Technical Founding Parter of the FIA Formula E Championship.
- Williams Advanced Engineering, part of a group of comapanies that includes the Williams F1 team, will design and build the batteries for the SRT 01E.
- McLaren Electronic Systems will suppy the transmission, electronics, and powertrain for the car.
- Dallara will produce the chasis
Formula E news timeline:
- June 11, 2013 – Williams Advanced Engineering will design and build the batteries for the SRT 01E Formula E race car.
- May 16, 2013 – Bangkok, Thailand was announced as a possible candidate for one of the two remaining open locations to host a race for the 2014 FIA Formula E Championship.
- May 15, 2013 – TAG Heuer becomes the Official Timkeeper of FIA Formula E Championship
- May 15, 2013 – Renault signes with Spark Racing Technology and Formula E Holdings to partner in supplying the race cars for the 2014 FIA Formula E Championship.
- April 22, 2013 – The City of Los Angeles welcomed the FIA Formula E Championship to the downtown area for a demonstration of the 2014 race cars.
- March 28, 2013 – Michelin will be the official tire supplier for the first three seasons of the Formula E championship.
- March 8, 2013 – Formula E Holdings presents a preliminary calendar to the FIA for the 2014 championship. Cities include: London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro.
- February 27, 2013 – Team China becomes the second team to join the 2014 FIA Formula E championship.
- January 9, 2013 – Drayson Racing Technology becoms the first team to join the FIA Formula E championship.
- Decembrer 1, 2012 – Rome announced as the second city to hold a Formula E race in 2014.
- November 15, 2012 – Formula E has ordered 42 cars from Spark Racing Technology.
- November 14, 2012 – Spark Racing Technology has been formed to be the official supplier of the FIA Formula E championship. (GMM)
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