FIA Formula E championship eyes India and Africa; Nelson Piquet Jr is first ever champ
As the inaugural season of FIA Formula E championship came to a conclusion last week at London, the racing series’ chief executive Alejandro Agag stated that he is looking to expand as much as possible across the world. He went on to say that Africa is also on the radar.
Without divulging much details, Mr. Agag said that for the next season, Formula E may enter two new cities although the total number of races is expected to remain the same or get increased by just one. Season three could be visiting another two new cities. The basic idea is to offer a stable championship for the contending teams.
Since Mahindra Racing is in the fray with Karun Chandhok as one of the pilots, chances of India being a race destination in the future is really high. This was further highlighted by Dr. Pawan Goenka in his recent interview with Reuters. He said that New Delhi or Bangalore could host a Formula E race 2016-17 championship since it’s already too late for 2015-16 season.
In the first ever FIA Formula E season, Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr (son of three time F1 champion Nelson Piquet) won the championship, driving for NEXTEV TCR team. Mahindra Racing finished 8th in constructors standing out of 10 teams while its drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok finished in 10th and 17th positions in the championship respectively.
A Formula E round in an Indian city would go a long way in increasing the sport’s popularity in the country. With the Indian government recognizing car races as regular sport, the environment is conducive now unlike before.
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Via – Economictimes.com