The FIA Formula E Championship has revealed the first 8 drivers (Sebastien Buemi, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Karun Chandhok, Adrien Tambay, Marco Andretti, Ma Qing Hua, Lucas di Grassi and Takuma Sato) to endorse the new fully-electric race series by signing up to its official Formula E Drivers’ Club.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings said “We’re delighted to be starting the New Year, which of course is a very important one for Formula E, on such a positive note by announcing our new Drivers’ Club. From the very beginning, we have set out to deliver great racing to fans across the globe and to do that you need high calibre drivers”
Agag added that interest in knowing which drivers would be involved in this new series piqued after all 10 teams were announced, but that drivers cannot be confirmed yet as this would depend on individual teams. However, they will have a ‘pool’ of top international drivers to choose from.
Quotes from Drivers
Sebastian Buemi: “I’m very happy to be a part of the new Formula E Drivers’ Club. Motorsport should be seen to be the leader in developing and pushing new sustainable technologies so it will be great to see how this will influence not only motorsport but future road cars and the environment. The calendar is very strong and brings the racing to the fans, and the new Formula E car looks like it will be a lot of fun to drive.”
Marco Andretti: “This revolutionary racing series, paired with some of the world’s best drivers, competing in top cities, will set a new standard for motorsport. The advanced technology is exciting. I’m not entirely sure what to expect but, for me, that is the most interesting part of this experience – the unknown factor. I’m looking forward to the growth and development of Formula E and am happy to be named as part of the Drivers’ Club. I’m really looking forward to getting into the cockpit of one of these cars.”
Karun Chandhok: “Alejandro Agag has been a friend of mine for a number of years since our time in GP2. I’ve been speaking with him since the early days of Formula E and I’m very happy to be a part of the Drivers’ Club for the series. The calendar looks great, as do the cars and it should be a great new way to go motor racing.”
Takuma Sato: “I am very excited to be a part of the Drivers’ Club for the development of the Formula E cars. This series provides a huge potential for the future of motor racing and electric cars. I am sure that these fascinating new innovative multimedia contents will excite the new fans who will be watching this new series.”
Signing up for the Drivers’ Club also means that Lucas di Grassi will no longer act as the only official Formula E test driver. Ten more drivers will be announced in the following week on the championship’s official website
One would expect the likes of Alguersuari and Di Resta who are without 2014 F1 seats to be considering Formula E as a credible option for a 2014 drive.