Why FE must plan to survive its own success
More manufacturers than any other category and plenty of others in talks - Formula E has enjoyed quite the turnaround in four years. Here, co-founder Alejandro Agag explains the series' plan to keep things moving forward
As we start the fourth season of Formula E, I have to admit that the series has exceeded my expectations. We have several major car manufacturers involved in the series, with more on the way, and others - some of them not even in motorsport - getting in touch to express their interest. I think that shows the whole world is moving in the direction of sustainability and electric vehicles - and fast.
As a championship, we happened to be in the right place at the right moment. Obviously the diesel situation [the VW diesel emissions scandal] was, in a way, a bad thing, but one that helped us, because it helped accelerate the change to electric. Meantime the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 clearly pushed things in our direction, too, in terms of the mood against climate change and C02 emissions. These things just kind of happened, without our doing, to promote electric cars.
The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season
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