On Tuesday Maserati officially announced that they will be entering Formula E in season 9, the first season for the new Gen 3 car, making them the first Italian manufacturer to enter the championship.
It is Maserati’s first motorsports entry since winning the FIA GT1 title in 2010 with the MC12, and their first works single seater campaign since Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth and final Formula One driver’s title at the wheel of a Maserati 250F in 1957.
Maserati is part of the Stellantis group: A cross-border merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Peugeot Société Anonyme Group. The French side of the partnership already has a presence within Formula E in the form of sister brand DS Automobiles, which is currently partnered with the Techeetah team, and it is likely that Maserati will run rebadged DS powertrains for their debut season.
It is also expected that Maserati will form a partnership with an existing team, rather than taking over the vacant slot on the grid left by the recent departure of Audi. This means there is still a place for the McLaren Group to enter, with a decision on whether or not to take up their 2021 option to enter Formula E set to be made in the first quarter of 2022.
DAVIDE GRASSO, MASERATI CEO
“We are very proud to be back where we belong as protagonists in the world of racing. We are powered by passion and innovative by nature. We have a long history of world-class excellence in competition and we are ready to drive performance in the future. In the race for more performance, luxury, and innovation, Folgore is irresistible and it is the purest expression of Maserati. That’s why we decided to go back to racing in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, meeting our customers in the city centers of the world, taking the Trident forward into the future”.
“It is a great pleasure for Stellantis Motorsport to play a part in getting Maserati back in the Race. Beyond this piece of history, Maserati Formula E will be our technological laboratory to accelerate the development of high-efficiency electrified powertrains and intelligent software for our road sports cars. Formula E is the perfect Championship for this purpose and we are very proud to be the first Italian brand to join in.”
ALEJANDRO AGAG, FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, FORMULA E
“We are proud to welcome Maserati to their new home in world-class motorsport. The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the pinnacle of electric racing. It provides the perfect environment for the most dynamic and innovative high-performance car brands to showcase their technological capabilities alongside their sporting ambitions.
JAMIE REIGLE, CEO, FORMULA E
“We are delighted Maserati will join the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and play a defining role reimagining the future of motorsport. Formula E races in the heart of the most iconic cities in the world and is followed passionately by a progressive global audience. Our millions of fans around the world will be thrilled to see Maserati line up on the grid as one of the world’s elite electric car brands.”
MOHAMMED BEN SULAYEM, FIA PRESIDENT
“I am delighted to welcome Maserati to Formula E for Season 9. For such an iconic manufacturer with a tremendously proud and successful heritage in motor sport to pledge its commitment to the series is testament to the overwhelming faith in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s future as we prepare to usher in the next era. The new Gen3 single-seater will represent the pinnacle of sustainability, technology and performance.”