Red Bull not ruling out Formula E entry

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Red Bull has admitted that it might consider joining the FIA’s burgeoning electric single seater series, dubbed Formula E.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel recently admitted that he is no fan of the city racing concept, despite the fact that the almost-silent cars are being built by famous Formula 1 names Williams and McLaren.

“I don’t like it at all,” the Red Bull F1 driver said. “I think the people come here to feel Formula 1 and there’s not much to feel when a car goes by and you don’t even hear anything else but the wind.”

Many, however, do not agree with Vettel. Ex Formula 1 driver Michael Andretti has entered a team, as has the German carmaker Audi. Alain Prost is involved with the E.Dams outfit, and Super Aguri will be on the grid when the racing kicks off in China next September.

The concept has even wooed Virgin back to open wheel racing, while Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is listed as a founder of the Venturi team.

Formula 1 World Champion Red Bull’s Helmut Marko said: “We have been asked (to enter a team), but at the moment our full focus is on Formula 1.

“We will look again at this series and re-evaluate after the first season,” he told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Meanwhile, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has admitted the marque should give “serious consideration” to taking on Le Mans with a prototype sports car.

“We have won with the 458 GTE,” he said at Ferrari’s Christmas lunch, “but I also quite like the idea of racing at Le Mans in the highest category.

“Who knows, maybe one day we can return and win, say “thanks” and come home.” (GMM)

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  • spornbot

    Formula E: Haahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
    What a joke.

  • StevetheGreat

    Waste of a series. I’ll never care or spend a second of my time on it. Especially with the gherkins hired to drive, lol.

  • Taskmaster

    The age of the electric car is upon us. The Formula E series is actually truer to the origins of series like F1, where auto racing was used to demonstrate the state of art, to expose and show that the automobile was more reliable over long distances, and could cover distance quicker than the prior technology. In the earliest races this was no always the case. Formula E will demonstrate the best that can be achieved with electric only power, while F1 has evolved into a proving ground for Hybrid technology. Like it or not, the days of the petrol sucking internal combustion engine are over. What we are seeing in F1, Formula E and also endurance racing prototypes is the future… no matter how much romantic old timers wish it were not so. Get used to hybrids and electric cars, you’ll probably going own one soon enough.

  • WHL

    So, Luca di Montezemolo wants to go to Le Mans? I can’t wait to hear him say ‘I’m tired of coming in second, or 22nd – we’re going home!’

  • StevetheGreat

    @taskmasker: no one cares. When you are old enough to drive come back and make a sensible post.

  • mik

    to dismiss it without even a race being run is short sighted, more cars travelling at high speed always welcome in my opinion and the inevitable gains in technological expertise when it comes to tech being transferred over to road cars also a plus. And the torque in electric cars is very exciting all that power available in the first two or three seconds a race will be frantic to say the least., can’t wait.