Former F1 driver and Le Mans winner David Brabham has expressed his interest in becoming involved in Formula E, just days before the start of the series’ second season.
While rumours circulated at the end of the inaugural Championship that the grid could be set for an expansion following a successful first year, it is believed that the FIA and FEH will restrict any expansion at this point in time.
However Motorsport.com has suggested that one of the existing teams could be available to purchase by the end of 2015, and that a collaboration between Brabham and Drayson Technologies could be on the cards – with the latter having sold its entry to Jarno Trulli before the start of the 2014/15 season.
Brabham launched the Project Brabham initiative earlier this year with the goal of making motorsport more accessible, transparent and engaging for fans – concepts at the very heart of Formula E.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Brabham commented:
“At the moment, I can say that Formula E is a series I am very interested in. In the medium and long term, yes, we would like to be involved and the interest from our side is high, but in the short-term we need to get established first. We’ve definitely got an eye on it.”
“A lot would depend on what we have at our disposal. There is no point doing anything unless we do it properly. The championship is still quite young and new.”
“I am sure there are teams out there that are struggling but I applaud everyone involved in the championship for making commitments early. It is clearly something that has a very progressive outlook in the way it is marketed and organised.”
“I know Paul [Lord Drayson, former Le Mans team owner] quite well, and I talked to him closely a few years ago prior to the Formula E championship starting. We discussed something and had a potential investor, but ultimately it didn’t come together. Things happen quickly in racing, so who knows what opportunities might arise.”
“Technology is obviously changing the way that people interact with sport. They want more knowledge and they want to be involved more.”
“So, what Formula E is doing has to be the right thing and they need to, as they need traction as a new entity. Using every avenue in order to grow and in the future I think a new model of racing will emerge.”
“The behind the scenes access stuff is actually often more exciting to get involved with than the on-track activity. Therefore, combining the two is a win/win situation. This is what Brabham Digital is doing to ensure learning capabilities are all part of the package.”