Formula E is weighing up scratching its actual season should the situation show no improvement in the coming weeks, says Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman of the first fully-electric racing series.
Formula E became the first major motorsport series to call off a race due to the novel coronavirus outbreak when it announced the postponement of the Sanya E-Prix. That change was followed by several other postponements and cancellations until the series has decided to suspend its current season, calling off every event after the Marrakesh E-Prix.
Due to the special championship format of Formula E that sees the field contest over two calendar years, the time is running out for the series to end its sixth season. The series is currently weighing up many scenarios including a race in Silverstone or Donnington. It is also possible that the field could return to the Tempelhof airfield of Berlin which is a closed facility that could enable spectator-less races.
Alejandro Agag has revealed that his series is considering ditching the current season in favour of the 2020/2021 season when it gains FIA World Championship status. “If we cannot race in August and September, I don’t think we will race beyond that. We will clearly sacrifice the [current] season to start racing [for the 2020-21 season] in December.”
Despite having ’back-up’ plans, the Spaniard is confident that Formula E can get at least four races together that may be staged in a form of two double-headers. The series may ditch its concept of racing on street races in favour because of the ban on mass gatherings that makes it almost impossible to hold races in the middle of a city.
“Even with all the question marks and all the uncertainty, I think it’s very unlikely that we will not manage to do one more race. That would be exceptional – we live in exceptional times, but that would be exceptional on the exceptional.” “I think we will achieve maybe another two to four races, that’s likely [to be] two double headers and maybe a little bit more. If we do that we’re fine,” he concluded.
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