Formula E

Five former F1 drivers interest in 2014 Formula E driving seat

Venturi-Grand-Prix-Formula-E-TeamFIA’s new electric racing championship Formula E preparing for their inaugural season, the FE official’s revealed the list of interesting candidates for racing seat, essentially five Ex-F1 drivers included the short-list.

Sébastien Buemi, Karun Chandhok, Lucas di Grassi, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Takuma Sato have been included, along with IndyCar race winner Marco Andretti, DTM’s Adrien Tambay and former F1 tester Ma Qing Hua. And next 10 drivers identity will be revealed over the coming weeks.

“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 Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings.

“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.”

Drivers’ reaction

Karun Chandhok: “Alejandro Agag has been a friend of mine for a number of years since our time in GP2,” said Chandhok.

“I’ve been speaking with him since the early days of Formula E and I’m very happy to be a part of the Drivers’ Club for the series. The calendar looks great, as do the cars and it should be a great new way to go motor racing.”

Marco Andretti: “This revolutionary racing series, paired with some of the world’s best drivers, competing in top cities, will set a new standard for motorsport,” said Andretti.

“The advanced technology is exciting. I’m not entirely sure what to expect but, for me, that is the most interesting part of this experience – the unknown factor. I’m looking forward to the growth and development of Formula E and am happy to be named as part of the Drivers’ Club. I’m really looking forward to getting into the cockpit of one of these cars.”

Sébastien Buemi: “I’m very happy to be a part of the new Formula E Drivers’ Club,” added Buemi.

“Motorsport should be seen to be the leader in developing and pushing new sustainable technologies so it will be great to see how this will influence not only motorsport but future road cars and the environment. The calendar is very strong and brings the racing to the fans, and the new Formula E car looks like it will be a lot of fun to drive.”

Takuma Sato: “I am very excited to be a part of the Drivers’ Club for the development of the Formula E cars,” sais Sato.

“This series provides a huge potential for the future of motor racing and electric cars. I am sure that these fascinating new innovative multimedia contents will excite the new fans who will be watching this new series.”


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