On Thursday, Formula E founder Alejandro Agag has reckoned that both his electric series in Formula One has a 50-50 chance of getting races run, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has stopped both Championships.
This Series started in last November and completed five races before the virus forced it off the streets, said it was unclear how much was going to be possible as restrictions eased.
“We are going to try the same thing. We are going to try to put some races behind closed doors,” the Spaniard told.
I guess it’s a 50-50 chance. The same for us,” he added when asked whether he felt Formula One would manage to get races held.
He said Formula One bosses, who have plans to start their season without the audience in Austria’s red Bull Ring in July.
Formula E has an advantage that it has smaller teams and controls all the cars which are currently stored in Spain. It also needs only a few more races to have a valid championship, with the normal season due to end in July but expandable into August and September.
“We will try and make at least two or three more races in a closed circuit. I think that should be possible in the month of August. But again, who knows?,” said Agag.
“I’m thinking 90% they will be in Europe. We still have an option outside of Europe that we’re looking at, that is still alive, but we will decide later on”, He added.
Agag considered the Formula E needed 950 to 970 person’s to put on a race including there staff members and the broadcasters.
“Are the borders going to be open? We don’t know yet. The quarantine period if you go to one place being imposed we don’t know yet,” he said.
“So I would try to do what Formula One is doing, but I am not sure if it is doable.” He added.
Formula E’s last two rounds of the season are scheduled for New York and London at venues which are now being used as temporary hospitals, for those who are suffering from the virus. It has been changed into a temporary hospital or those who are suffering from the virus.
We could race in Britain. We are talking with some tracks in the UK to do it and maybe even more than a race,” he said, mentioning Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park as potential venues.
On Thursday, they announced that the eight teams’ cars would be crewed equally by male and female drivers.