jean todt: f1 won’t be following in formula e’s footsteps

16:00    10 Sep 2018

Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) president Jean Todt
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) president Jean Todt has dismissed suggestions that Formula 1 will follow in the footsteps of Formula E and become an all-electric series.

Earlier this year, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag claimed that the burgeoning series had an exclusive agreement to be the only all-electric single seater category in motorsport.

The former Ferrari boss has backed up this assertion, explaining that there is an ‘exclusive agreement’ for a ‘certain amount of years’ with Formula E.

“It would be nonsense to say in the coming future Formula 1 is going to be electric, it’s not going to happen. Simply you could not do it,” Todt said.

Todt went on to add that F1 and FE should not be compared with one another, due to huge differences in performance and history.

“At the moment one of the reasons Formula E is in cities, because it would not create any interest to have Formula E on a circuit like Monza for example,” the FIA president added.

“We are talking about two different categories. It is completely misleading to compare Formula E and Formula 1.

“Formula 1 is a very well-established category, and I keep saying for me Formula E is the baby of the FIA.

“So still a lot to learn, but saying that, it’s growing very well. But comparing the two categories is just boring.”

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