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Nico Rosberg ‘definitely interested’ in future Formula E role

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Nico Rosberg says he is “definitely interested” in a future role in Formula E after visiting the electric series’ paddock for the first time in Hong Kong this weekend.

2016 Formula 1 world champion Rosberg retired exactly one year ago after beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the title, and has stressed he has no intention to return to racing.

Rosberg remains involved in motorsport via other means, though, working as part of Robert Kubica’s management to aid the Pole’s hopeful F1 comeback, and has expressed an interest in new technologies and electric vehicles.

Having reportedly held meetings with Formula E in the past, Rosberg said on Saturday in Hong Kong he would be interested in working in the series in the future, with Mercedes poised to join the championship as a manufacturer in season six.

“I’m open to explore so let’s see what the possibilities are, but I’m definitely interested,” Rosberg said.

“I know quite a lot [about Formula E], I have been following it. It has an amazing future, a great future. It is on the right track and Alejandro [Agag, series CEO] is awesome as well, so he is going to do the right stuff.

“Formula E has hit the nail on the head. The hype is there for e-mobility and that is why there is a guaranteed great future for this because people are going to be watching and this is going to be the technology of the future battling: it is going to be right here.

“Never has there been a racing series where the technology is so one-to-one. It goes from the race car into the road car of the future that we are all going to be driving.

“All the best brands in the world are here fighting each other, so it is awesome.”

MRTI: Keith Donegan earns Mazda Shootout Scholarship

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Dublin, Ireland’s Keith Donegan claimed a $200K scholarship from Mazda after emerging victorious at the second annual Mazda Road to Indy Shootout. The 20-year-old Donegan earned an at-large nomination for the scholarship based on his performance at this year’s Formula Ford Festival, in which he finished second in the final, and emerged from a pack of 17 drivers from across the globe to claim the scholarship.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said an emotional Donegan, who earlier in his career actually spent two years away from racing as he focused on academics. “The weekend was really good and I enjoyed it. I have to say a huge thanks to Mazda and Cooper Tires and everyone at the Mazda Road to Indy. I enjoyed every moment. Throughout the weekend we were consistent and I kept the small things in check. I didn’t make any stupid mistakes and kept my head cool and that really paid off in the end.”

The two-day shootout was held at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona and saw the nominated drivers tackle the school’s 1.6-mile circuit in Formula Mazda race cars before facing on and off-track assessments. Donegan was selected by a panel of judges that included former driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series TV analyst Scott Goodyear, Mazda drivers Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, and Jonathan Bomarito, as well as Victor Franzoni – the current champion of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – and Oliver Askew, the current champion of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Donegan was humbled to be in the presence of drivers who have won scholarships and championships previously, and added that he is grateful to have the opportunity to continue his racing career.

“You see all these champions here today that will go on to great things in the future and I’m sure the names you see here today aren’t going to disappear,” Donegan added. “They will be back up there and I’m sure I will be racing them again some day. It is an unbelievable opportunity to be given and for Mazda to provide that for any young driver. It just gives that bit of motivation that you need because the [U.S.] is where you need to go to become a professional these days. It is such a boost to my career.”

Donegan is now slated to join the 2018 USF2000 championship, with further announcements regarding the team with whom he’ll be racing to come in the future.

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