Formula E hoping to lure Fernando Alonso for season six


Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Renault, Monza Paddock
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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has set its sights on adding Fernando Alonso to the series for Season Six, ESPN are reporting.

Given Alonso’s immediate schedule after Formula 1 looks busy, Formula E CEO, Alejandro Agag thinks it is more realistic for the Spaniard to become available to compete in the all-electric championship’s 2019/20 campaign.

“I’ve been speaking with Fernando,” Agag told the South China Morning Post. “Actually, I was with him in Monza, I think he’s going to America this season, but definitely for the season after we are going after him.”

“I speak with Fernando a lot, he likes Formula E a lot. He’s very car-focused, Fernando. He’s very curious about the new car that we are starting in Season Five. He wants to know more about that car and he think it looks very cool. Fernando is all about the car.”

Alonso will leave F1 at the end of the current season and looks set to make some form of IndyCar commitment imminently. The Spaniard completed an IndyCar test at Barber Motorsport Park earlier this month and is set to make a decision for next year in October.

Alonso will also complete the rest of the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship super-season, which will conclude at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with his Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mates, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.

Alonso’s former Ferrari team-mate, Felipe Massa, will join the Formula E grid for Season Five, racing for the Venturi Formula E Team, which will commence on the streets of Riyadh on 15th December.

Once more, come season six Formula E will also welcome reigning F1 world champions Mercedes and 19-times 24 Hours of Le Mans winners, Porsche.

Agag therefore believes that the development FE is showing that the all-electric series is the future of motorsport, attracting the big stars to compete in this category, telling ESPN:

“Massa is a great driver, he’s a great friend, he’s a really cool personality, and he has a big following all around the world. For him to drive in Formula E, it’s great for the championship. We have a great line-up of drivers, second only to Formula One. Apart from that we are probably the best in the world.

“More drivers are doing fully Formula E, because of the growth – there are bigger budgets to pay the salaries so the drivers are exclusive. Formula E is becoming the priority.”