Formula E is looking into possibilities of carrying on its esports venture once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
The electric series announced an eight-round Race At Home Challenge in partnership with UNICEF to help combat coronavirus.
With the sim-racing championship coming to a close on the weekend of June 6th and 7th, Formula E’s CEO Jamie Reigle is looking into the possibility of continuing with sim-racing once we got back racing in 2020.
“We would love to carry on the sim-racing challenges.,” said Reigle. ” At the moment we have been busy focusing about getting the drivers in and obviously when we go back to normal they will have pretty packed schedules.
“But the drivers get very competitive about it as they are sportspeople and they want to win. To me, that is what we are about, so if we can get everyone together then we will continue it.”
Drivers are also hopeful that this initiative will continue once racing gets back to normal, as both NIO 333 driver Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua have enjoyed the challenge of sim-racing.
“I think it’s definitely shown that it’s possible to do these races from home.,” said Turvey. “I guess it depends on the calendar really and how we can fit it in. Obviously the first priority is still going to be racing in reality, but it would be good if there was a chance to still carry it on afterwards.”
“It would be good to continue,” said Ma. “Maybe we can have some fun with it and get our engineers involved in the actual racing. I think it would be fun to see them race and have ago at it. I think that it would be fun for the fans as well.”