Bruno Senna believes that Formula E can one day compete on the same level as petrol-based racing championships, highlighting the series’ potential and high level of development.
The Mahindra driver finished 10th overall in the drivers’ championship with 40 points, after a difficult inaugural season in the world’s first all-electric racing series. He and team-mate Karun Chandhok scored just 58 points between them as Mahindra ended up eighth in the team standings.
However there were plenty of positives to take following the London ePrix, where the Brazilian recorded his highest finish of the season as he claimed fourth place in race two.
Despite Mahindra not always achieving the expected results on track, Senna told ElectricAutosport.com that Formula E has profited by taking the right steps in focusing on the future and sustainability, and praised the approach to developing technologies with road cars, something which other motorsport categories have not prioritised.
“Most series now are too expensive to develop in conjunction with road cars, whereas Formula E is the other way round”, said Senna, “we are trying to develop things which are super relevant for our next generations and their quality of life.
“In the fifth season these cars could be four wheel drive, have lots of power and lots of grip. They could be giving the fast petrol cars a good run for their money and I want to be a part of it when it happens.”
On the back of a frustrating year results-wise, Mahindra looks set to make changes to its engineering squad, with talks at an ‘advanced stage’ between the Indian outfit and Campos Racing, who supplied NEXTEV TCR throughout the 2014-2015 campaign. Campos engineers have also been spotted working on the Mahindra cars at tests ahead of season two in Spain.
Although his future racing plans have not yet been announced, remaining in Formula E is something which certainly appeals to Senna, who believes that there is much more to come from the electric series after what has been a successful debut season.
“It’s been a cool year, we’ve raced at some really crazy tracks and there is so much potential for Formula E to improve. The racing is already very entertaining and everybody enjoys seeing the drivers jumping from one car to another, it’s unique altogether.
“Everything has a beginning, everything has a way to improve and that’s what we want to do.”