Ex-Formula One ace Jerome d’Ambrosio has announced that he has every intention of competing in Formula E’s inaugural season, despite not having yet signed for any team.
The former Marussia and Lotus F1 reserve driver, currently competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series, has been representing China Racing at all of Formula E’s pre-season test days at a consistently competitive level, finishing third fastest overall at the end of the second week of testing.
Speaking to Crash.net, d’Ambrosio explained that he is keen to start the season competing under the China Racing banner at the team’s home race in Beijing. “I am building a good relationship with the China Racing team and they are working well. The team behind China Racing I know from previous experiences, so it would be a good solution for me”, he reflected.
The China Racing team has participated in a variety of motorsport categories before entering the FIA Formula E championship. Perhaps most notable have been its entries in the prestigious FIA GT1 series and ambitious but short-lived A1GP.
A concern often expressed by Formula E skeptics is that Formula E could face the same fate as A1GP – that, in other words, it would inspire a few headlines but shortly fizzle out and fail as a racing series.
However, d’Ambrosio seems far more enthusiastic about the new series – and his enthusiasm extends past his affiliation with the China Racing team. He applauded Formula E’s potential both as a testbed for future technologies and as a spectator sport, saying: “I think it is a great championship. This is clearly a new concept of racing. You cannot compare it to any other racing series. It is a nice form of racing and entertainment, because it is not just about the racing. I think there are great things ahead for the championship, because it is reaching out to fans.”
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