The ten teams competing in the inaugural FIA Formula E championship have confirmed that they have formed a specific organization to work with the bodies governing the series.
Set up with the aid of the former general secretary of the Formula One Teams’ Association Oliver Weingarten, the Formula E Teams’ Association (FETA) has been formed ahead of this weekend’s ePrix in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It will be chaired by Virgin Racing team principal Alex Tai.
“The association will provide a forum to respond to Formula E Holdings and the FIA on issues impacting the teams,” a statement confirming FETA’s founding reads. “The association’s goals are to ensure the championship remains competitive and compelling entertainment whilst maintaining cost control and the commercial sustainability of the series.
“The association also aims to suggest a development roadmap for the coming seasons which will drive technical innovation and attract the participation of the major car manufacturers, whilst at all times will seek to maintain, engage and increase the championship’s fan base.”
“I am delighted that we have set up the teams’ association as it is creates a vital forum for stakeholder discussions,” Tai said. “It is in everybody’s interest that Formula E is a success, and the teams want to play their part to ensure this.
“We are delighted to have brought Oliver on board; he brings with him a wealth of experience from Formula One and The English Premier League and will be a great asset.
“The teams are under no illusion that there will be issues that need to be addressed, but now we will be able to work through these challenges together, and with one voice, for the benefit of the championship.”
The electric-powered series enjoyed a strong debut race weekend in China two months ago, and appears to be going from strength to strength. The formation of FETA will only strengthen the series’ hand as it looks to grow during its inaugural season, as well as keeping the interests of the teams racing at heart.