As reported by e-racing365, double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso will be keeping a closer eye on the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the upcoming season, with the Spaniard exploring the possibility of competing in the all-electric racing series as early as next season (2019-20 campaign).
Alonso does not have any concrete plans when he leaves Formula 1 at the end of this month, aside from his Toyota’s LMP1 programme through to the end of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season, with the 6 Hours of Shanghai on 18 November, ending with the Le Mans 24 Hours next June.
The Spaniard maintains his ambition of trying to win the infamous motorsport triple crown, with victory at the Indianapolis 500 still high on the agenda. But a full-time IndyCar drive looks far from a certainty in the near future and will surely be looking for alternative options in the meantime.
With some of Alonso’s friends part of Formula E Holdings Ltd management team, added to the fact that the all-electric racing series is one of the fastest-growing motorsport series on the planet, would make Formula E a very appealing prospect for the Spaniard.
“We’ve been speaking to Fernando on a friendly and informal basis for a while and he’s always been very clear with us,” a Formula E spokesperson told e-racing365.
“Hopefully he will take a closer look at our championship and appreciate how much drivers can make a difference in our races and then evaluate his interest on whether to join the pack.”
“It will then be up to teams to go after such a great talent, but he’ll always be welcome in our championship.”
As Alonso continues to weigh up his post-F1 options, Formula E has to be one that will be given useful consideration with the championship having grown at an unprecedented rate since its insurrection in 2014. And should the Spaniard make the switch, the impact he would have would be remarkable. This has been shown by Alonso making F1 an appealing sport in Spain during his illustrious career, and he may yet help to make Formula E a series which can challenge F1.