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Formula E on Mardenborough’s Future Radar

Jann Mardenborough expresses an interest in a future Formula E drive…

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Jann Mardenborough is targeting a potential future drive in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after visiting the Paris E-Prix last month.

The current Super GT driver, who is competing with Team Impul in the Japanese series this season, was an interested spectator in France, and told e-racing365 that the all-electric series was of future interest to him.

Mardenborough could be a contender for a possible seat at the new Nissan Formula E team should it decide to change its driver lineup for Season Five.

“I would absolutely love to represent Nissan in Formula E,” he told e-racing365.

“We will have to see what happens though. That would be my first preference obviously but if it wasn’t meant to be then I’d look at other options.”

Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost both signed agreements with the Renault e.dams team in June last year, although this was before the brand change from Renault to Nissan from within the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance was confirmed last autumn.

“To be honest I have always been interested in Formula E going right back to season one when I briefly drove one of the Virgin Racing cars at Donington,” Mardenborough said.

“In the last few seasons it has grown massively and I think any young professional driver has to have a serious look at it as a career option now. It’s high on my radar of interest for sure.

“I spent time in the paddock and saw some friends like Felix [Rosenqvist] so it was nice but yes I also talked to a few teams and introduced myself as well to some I don’t know so much. It was productive.”

The British driver is believed to have spoken to several teams in Paris but is keeping his options open on where his career will venture in the coming years.

“I have been fortunate to have raced in many series and different disciplines,” he said.

“From GT3 to GP3 and the Super Formula series I have learnt so much and gathered so much experience. Now, in Super GT I am up against ex-F1 winners and on some of the most challenging tracks in the world.

“I have some experience of street racing at Macau and Sochi and I loved it, scoring a podium at Sochi in 2015. They are my kind of track because I love to attack and get stuck in.”

Mardenborough finished sixth on Friday in the second round of the Super GT championship at Fuji with Japanese teammate Daiki Sasaki.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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  1. Chris

    May 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Would love to see him in FE next year. The way Nico Prost was talking about Renault in Paris made it seem as though he will not carry on with Nissan. Not that they would be likely to keep him for their grand entrance when he’s not really impressing. I’m also interested to see if Buemi will be allowed to race for two huge Japanese factory teams in two major series at the same time.

    So it could be all change for next year. Which maybe wouldn’t be best for the stability of the team in a season with big changes anyway, but it would definitely be exciting.

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