Formula E CEO Agag hopeful for several motor/battery manufacturers in 2015-16

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The all-electric FIA Formula E series is only one race old, but CEO Alejandro Agag is already looking ahead to the second season in 2015-2016.

As part of responding to a series of fan questions, Agag noted that he hopes to see “three or four different makers of motors and batteries in the championship for year two.”

The series is running its inaugural 2014-2015 campaign with the same car – the Spark-Renault SRT_01E – but will shift to an “open” championship in 2015-2016 to give its teams the chance to create their own innovations.

Said teams can develop their own powertrains in 2015-2016, with battery development opening up in the third season (presumably, 2016-2017).

Agag also said that he wanted the F-E schedule to eventually grow to 18 races, a much bigger docket than the 10 races that the series will visit this year.

“Next year, we will probably be in 12, and we want to grow slowly to get to a figure of around 18 races per year,”  he said. “We are talking to many cities.

“After Beijing, we probably received requests from over 40 or 50 cities from all over the world to host a race, so that’s been really positive.”

For more of Agag’s responses to the fans, you can check out the videos below:

F-E will stage the second round of the 2014-2015 season at Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 22. Here’s what happened earlier this month during the series’ official debut in Beijing.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.