Method E CEO Jamie Reigle says it’s not presently a part of his imaginative and prescient for the sequence to race on the identical schedule as Method 1.
Method E used the total Monaco Grand Prix format for the primary time a number of weeks in the past, and Mercedes staff principal Toto Wolff has previously spoken out in support of F1 and FE sharing the identical race weekends at sure factors within the season.
Former Toro Rosso driver and two-time Method E champion Jean-Eric Vergne believes that his present sequence cannot compete with F1, however he has been impressed with how the all-electric sequence has grown and turn into extra revered.
Regardless of Method E taking a look at utilising Method 1 layouts sooner or later, Reigle doesn’t really feel that they should be on the F1 help invoice at this second in time.
“I wouldn’t see it as a part of a method or a path we’re essentially trying to take,” he stated to RaceFans on the Monaco EPrix.
“My view has at all times been: If we will develop Method E in a method that implies that it’s actually aggressive race, it’s a extremely compelling sporting spectacle, there’s loads of room for each Method E and Method 1.
“There’s going to be some followers who like each, there’s going to be some followers who lean into one or the opposite – and that’s okay.
“Our job is to develop our fan base and if a Method 1 fan comes over as a result of she or he loves the racing and loves the distinctive product, I believe that’s that’s factor.
“I don’t assume we should be at a Method 1 observe to try this, although.”
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Reigle admitted that there could be some benefits to the 2 sequence lining up on the identical venues over a race weekend, together with model visibility to a wider viewers and cost-saving implications, however spoke of his need to maintain Method E by itself path and share the limelight with F1, moderately than competing in its shadow.
“Once you have a look at whether or not we should always race in parallel or alongside Method 1: there’s an effectivity argument round that, proper? There’s a observe already constructed, for instance, so there’s a value effectivity level,” Reigle continued.
“There’s an alignment with, maybe, among the producers having some publicity to a broader viewers. However for my part, Method E is particular due to these factors of distinction. And we should always double down on these and actually lean into them. And if we proceed to try this, we’ll be in nice form.”