Fernando Alonso is set to keep an eye on the ABB FIA Formula E Championship over the coming season and could consider competing in the all-electric series in 2019-20.
The two-time Formula 1 world champion didn’t consider a drive for the 2018-19 season despite what are described as “informal talks” with the promoter, and currently only has an FIA World Endurance Championship program confirmed for 2019 after leaving Formula 1.
Alonso remains a target for a possible 2019-20 FE drive, according to Formula E Holdings Ltd., which has some close friends and associates of the Spaniard among its senior management.
“We’ve been speaking to Fernando on a friendly and informal basis for a while and he’s always been very clear with us,” a Formula E spokesperson told e-racing365.
“Hopefully he will take a closer look at our championship and appreciate how much drivers can make a difference in our races and then evaluate his interest on whether to join the pack.
“It will then be up to teams to go after such a great talent, but he’ll always be welcome in our championship.”
E-racing365 understands that the recent vacancy at Nissan e.dams alongside Alonso’s current Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC teammate Sebastien Buemi was never seriously considered as an option.
It’s believed Alonso wants to weigh up his post-F1 career options rather than jump into a clash between his WEC commitments with Toyota and an immediate Formula E seat.
Alonso is committed to Toyota’s LMP1 program through the end of the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’, which includes the next four races and ends with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
His deal with the Japanese manufacturer is purely a ‘racing contract’ and does not include any specific promotional or advertising roles.
Theoretically, a similar deal with a different brand in Formula E could allow for Alonso to balance two programs, but this is now understood not to be an option until the end of 2019 at the earliest.
Buemi is believed to have more intricate contracts with Toyota and Nissan but has been able to represent both brands.
It remains unknown if he has an image rights clause which would dictate how he is used in promotional material for his Nissan deal.