Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost has joined forces with Jean-Paul Driot, founder of leading GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 team DAMS, to enter the FIA Formula E Championship, competing as new team e.DAMS.
The new team launch, held at the L'Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, was attended by racing legend Prost and Driot, together with FIA President Jean Todt and Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings.
e.DAMS becomes the fifth team to sign an agreement with Formula E Holdings to compete in the new fully electric race series which begins in September 2014 and features 10 races through the heart of some of the world's leading cities. e.DAMS joins IndyCar squads Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing, UK-based Drayson Racing and Chinese team China Racing among the 10 teams to be put forward to the FIA for final approval by its World Motor Sport Council.
The new Formula E team will be supported with logistical and technical assistance by top European squad DAMS (Driot Associés Motor Sport). Based near Le Mans, DAMS boasts almost 25 years' experience with numerous team and driver titles to its name including three International F3000 championships, two A1GP titles, two Auto GP titles, two GP2 Asia titles and one team and two GP2 drivers' titles. The squad has also expanded into Formula Renault 3.5 where last weekend it claimed the team and drivers' title in only its second season.
With four F1 titles (1985 & 86, 1989 & 1993), 51 GP victories and 108 podiums to his name, Alain Prost remains one of the sport's most successful racing drivers, and the Frenchman said he is very much looking forward to being a part of the new zero-emission series.
“I am very happy to be a part of the Formula E adventure. Being able to actively participate in the development of this new technology, which is 100% electric, is extremely motivating," said Prost. "As we've seen in other championships, 2014 will see a move toward more sustainable racing, proving more than ever that motorsport is the benchmark for the future.”
“Getting involved with the FIA Formula E Championship was an obvious choice”, added Driot. “Being the race enthusiast that I am, I was immediately convinced by this new concept of using fully electric single-seater cars and believe it will shape the future of motorsport. The implementation of new technologies, in the heart of the most beautiful cities in the world and in front of a young audience, lays the path for a new form of motorsport, which is innovative and respectful to the environment. I am extremely proud to be a part of this new challenge.”
Series boss Agag added: “It is a great honor for me to be welcoming Jean-Paul to the FIA Formula E Championship together with Alain Prost, one of the biggest worldwide names in motorsport. The experience, pedigree and track record of both Jean-Paul Driot and Alain Prost is unparalleled and I know e.DAMS is going to have a big impact on the series. It's also fantastic to have such highly established figures show their commitment to clean energy and sustainable mobility, and to join us in creating an electric future.”
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