Fontana keen to balance Formula E with junior racing


LONDON – FIA Formula E debutant Alex Fontana does not feel that he is under a great deal of pressure at this weekend’s London ePrix despite only getting his first taste of the series’ car during practice on Saturday morning.

Fontana was announced as a last-minute replacement for Vitantonio Liuzzi at Trulli Formula E Team for the double-header at Battersea Park earlier this week.

Speaking to MotorSportsTalk ahead of the race weekend, Fontana said that he does not feel like he is under too much pressure despite being one of the least experienced drivers in the series.

“Not too much [pressure] in the end because it’s the first outing for me in the car,” Fontana said. “I knew Jarno for a bit because he’s living in my same city, Lugano, in Switzerland.

“I’m quite used to taking opportunities and just doing it without even a lot of preparations. I had a debut in Monte Carlo for the first time in the World Series, so it was quite hard as well. I love to have new challenges such as Formula E, and I’m very happy to be here.”

Fontana has completed running in cars from a variety of championships over the past few years, ranging from Formula 2 to DTM to a Lotus F1 racer.

However, he confirmed that he is interested in securing a more permanent role in Formula E following this race weekend alongside his existing commitments with Status Grand Prix in GP3.

“We had a small talk with Jarno [Trulli] and the team for maybe next year,” Fontana said. “It’s a bit too soon to maybe talk about it, even though Formula E starts very early compared to other series.

“For me, it’s a bit too soon because I just started my normal championship in GP3. So I have to check it out how the season goes, and after that it would be nice to do both, Formula E and something else, as I’m still a bit young.

“It would be good to have more experience in something else before committing to a full job here. It will be great of course to come back.”