“Formula 1 has a big electrical component” – Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber has spoken out in favor of F1 sharing its weekend venue with Formula E.
Formula E is turning out to be a big hit, with automobile giants like Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, Mahindra, and others participating in it. And it is set to continue, with Formula E holding the license for electrically-powered racing for another 19 years.
Really enjoyed Formula E this afternoon. First race I’ve caught for a little while.
Now time to watch ‘70s F1 from Monaco. Hoping for some Jean Alesi exuberance in the Ferrari.
I’m having a great day.
— Tom Arron (@norramot) April 25, 2021
In simple terms, it means that Formula 1 and Formula E cannot merge for the next two decades. But former F1 driver Mark Webber wants the two categories to share venues in the future. The Aussie Grit was talking to The Race, having attending the Valencia E-Prix last weekend.
“I think it’s a no-brainer in the future. Formula 1 has a big electrical component but it’s washed up in all the aerodynamics and individuals, the Verstappens, the Hamiltons, so if you don’t have that you’re not winning a grand prix.
“When Formula 1 and Formula E can maybe have events that might have a little bit of crossover, which would be for me a total no-brainer, then the acceptance would be handy.
“Yes, there would be a natural comparison when you get a Formula 1 car coming past at the same venue as a Formula E [car] but I think it would surprise a few people how quick they are. I don’t see why they should shy away from that.”
The next Formula E races take place in Monaco on May 8, termed as the Monaco E-Prix.