Last week rumour’s where doing the rounds that Italian carmaker Maserati could be looking at rejoining Formula 1, in a deal similar to that which has seen Alfa Romeo team up with Sauber F1, in this case the Haas F1 team, http://enzari.com/news/could-maserati-be-about-to-return-to-formula-1/
As we mentioned in our story on the rumour, Maserati has previously been linked with the Formula E racing series, now reports have emerged over the weekend that this could indeed be Maserati’s route back to single seater racing, although it has not held formal talks with the championship so far.
Maseratiparent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) indicated that it was open to joining the all-electric championship when its CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Ferrari had considered Formula E.
Rumours linking Maserati to F1 in a similar arrangement as Alfa Romeo but with the Haas team now appear wide of the mark but a Maserati Formula E programme is possible, according to reports in Autosport.
Marchionne was asked at the Alfa-Sauber launch about Maserati and FE, and replied, “We observe, we’re looking at it.”
It is understood that FCA has not made formal contact with FE, and series CEO Alejandro Agag’s message remains the same.
“I haven’t spoken to Mr Marchionne but would naturally welcome his group into Formula E whenever the time becomes right for them,” said Agag.
However one stumbling block could be that Formula E will expand to 12 teams in 2019/20, when Porsche and Mercedes join, which will result in the ‘Grid being full’ as the series will not go beyond that number, which means any Maserati entry would need to be in conjunction with one of the current participants.
This would leave only Techeetah and Dragon Racing are the only teams not presently linked to a manufacturer, quite whether either teams or indeed FCA with the Maserati brand could work an agreement remains to be seen.