Ferrari considered entering Formula E but concluded the series’ current format would not be useful to its endeavors, Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne has revealed.
The Italian-Canadian executive said there were two main reasons why Formula E is not currently attractive to Formula 1’s oldest team: battery life and standardization.
As of now, Formula E cars do not have the battery life to complete an entire race, so driver’s switch cars entirely once the battery is dead.
Additionally, all Formula E teams run a standardized Spark chassis made by Dallara. It doesn’t appear the series will move away from a single-make chassis format, with teams instead focusing on battery and powertrain development.
Once powertrain development in Formula E is ramped up even further, the problem of having to switch cars will likely be over. However if the series continues with a single-make chassis format, Ferrari may stay turned off.
“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,” Marchionne said.