Ferrari ‘need to be involved’ in Formula E

Date published: April 1 2017

Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne says the Italian marques needs to be involved in Formula E as it is the way of the future.

The longest serving team in Formula 1, Ferrari could yet branch out into the electric-powered Formula E series before too long.

The series began in 2014 and is now in its third season.

Such has been the increase in the series’ popularity that this year New York city will host a race.

Asked about a possible Formula E entry for Ferrari, Marchionne told the FIA’s Auto magazine: “I have two things in mind.

“The first is that we need to be involved in Formula E because electrification via hybridisation is going to be part of our future.

“The second is to see Alfa Romeo back racing in Formula One again someday, because I believe very strongly it’s a place the brand should be.

“At this stage, I don’t know how likely it is that either of those two things will happen. But the fact that we are talking about them is a good sign in itself.”

And embracing electric would not be a new thing for Ferrari as Marchionne points out.

“We have already developed a hybrid supercar, La Ferrari,” he said, “and on future Ferrari models we will leverage new technologies as well as electrification.”