The new fully-electric racing series Formula E experienced its greatest momentum last December when the team Venturi, endorsed by Leonardo DiCaprio, completed the 10 teams grid. With all the teams and race locations confirmed and the first broadcasters are announced, it’s a matter of time when the first drivers will claim the spotlights.
The ground-breaking series will probably feature a mix of senior drivers with Formula 1 experience and young raising stars who were not able to reach the traditional pinnacle of motorsports.
Dutch former F1 driver and Le Mans class winner Jos Verstappen admitted to GPUpdate that Formula E caught his attention. “You are able to drive in city centres with these good looking cars because they produce no sound nor CO2 emissions”, says Verstappen, who drove his last race in 2012 with a BMW Z4 GT3 on the Baku street course. ” This series is not the future of Formula 1, but it will perhaps attract another kind of companies and audience.”
While his talented 16-year old son Max will graduate to single seaters upcoming season, Verstappen senior could spend more time in a race car again. “If Formula E is something for me? I have thought about it, but I’m not sure yet. I want to see how the first season will develop. However, concerning the great names among the teams, it might get very interesting.”
The first public demonstration of the new Formula E car will be on January 6 in Las Vegas. The first batch of drivers and more broadcasters are expected to get announced within the next two months. The season starts 13 September in Beijing.
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