Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has spoken publicly about his desire of having Fernando Alonso in the electric street racing series if he retires from Formula 1 in a near future.
Agag stated that he will try to bring Alonso into the series if the Spanish driver decides to retire from Formula 1 in the next months.
“I don’t know if he will leave Formula 1 soon, but it’s my number one priority to bring him into Formula E. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do so. I’ve known him for 15 years, he’s an amazing driver, we laugh when we talk about Formula E,” Agag said to Spanish newspaper AS.
“He asks about the cars, their lack of noise, and how do they look. He has done constructive comments on the series, but he looks at us with curiosity.”
Alonso has been in the center of attention since the poor performance by Honda’s engine used by McLaren during the pre-season testing, which has put his Formula 1 future on hold. Another season without a reliable and competitive car could lead the 2005 and 2006 champion to look for a future in another series from 2018 onwards.
About possible future links with Formula 1, Agag stated: “Not sure, but I think it could happen in the future. Technology will be crucial, but there are no plans of this by now. We can run like a Formula 1 car for just seven minutes. In season five we’ll do much better (he insisted in a one-car-per-driver races from there on), and in season nine we’ll double the autonomy.”
At the end, he referred to the Roborace as: “Just like GP2, you attend to a Formula E ePrix and you have a complement by the morning, and watch the big spectacle afterwards. Roborace are autonomous cars, but then we all want to see the heroes: the drivers.”
Francisco Aure | e-racing.net