Marchionne: Formula E ‘a good idea’ for brands like Maserati

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Ferrari president and Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has once again expressed his interest in Formula E, saying the all-electric series is “a good idea” for brands such as Maserati.

Maserati last enjoyed a works operation in Formula 1 in 1957, but has since shied away from single-seater racing.

Marchionne hinted that a return may be considered when talking to reporters last Sunday, saying that Formula E would be a good fit for some of Fiat-Chrysler’s brands.

“Formula E is a good idea for many,” Marchionne told Italian newspaper La Repubblica over the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

“I see it being good for other brands also, Maserati too.”

Marchionne has previously stressed the need for Ferrari to monitor Formula E’s progression and consider a possible entry, but felt the Italian marque could not join the series in its current form.

This does not rule out another Fiat-Chrysler brand entering the series in some form, though, with at least one slot still free on the grid in the next couple of years should a move into Formula E be desired.

Other FCA brands include Fiat, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo and Dodge.