Ferrari open to future Formula E entry

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Ferrari is open to entering Formula E in the future, with company CEO Sergio Marchionne confirming a possible move has been discussed at Maranello.

Formula E is currently embarking on its third season, with the all-electric series currently boasting involvement from Renault, Audi, BMW and Jaguar.

Mercedes announced last month that it had secured an option on an entry for season five (2018/2019), and Ferrari is now considering following suit.

Speaking in a phone conference reviewing Ferrari’s performance on the New York Stock Exchange, Marchionne said that Formula E was on the marque’s radar, but added that the series must develop before an entry can seriously be considered.

“The answer is yes,” Marchionne said when asked about if entering Formula E had been discussed, as quoted by Autosport. “I have agonized over with this with my colleagues here in Ferrari for quite a while.

“I’m going to give you two answers to the problem. If Formula E requires people to change cars during a race because we exhaust the power available within a given car, that is not something that Ferrari would naturally gravitate to.

“Secondly, the standardization associated with the electric car is something which runs against the grain of Ferrari because otherwise it will prevent [Ferrari] from playing whatever it is that it does technically on a vehicle.

“It is possible that [after] some level of maturity that Ferrari would develop a unique set of skills that will make that car uniquely Ferrari, in an environment like that, but I know we are not there today.”

The Formula E grid is capped at its current number of 10 teams until season five, when another two can join.

With Mercedes already snapping up an option on one of the entries, just one remains up for grabs should Ferrari jump in for 2018. However, in light of Marchionne’s comments and the technical roadmap for the series, joining at a later date would appear more realistic for the Italian marque.