Honda waiting for Formula E to get better and grow

Sun Jul 3, 2016 7:00am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Honda have no immediate plans to enter the all-electric Formula E series even if some within the company are keen to do so, according to their Formula One head Yusuke Hasegawa.

With Formula E ending its second season in London on Sunday, and outlining a 2016-17 calendar that includes New York and Hong Kong for the first time, Hasegawa said the Japanese carmaker had looked into it.

But he said the racing needed to improve.

"We have some consideration but so far we have no plans to join Formula E. Formula E is not very popular yet," Hasegawa told reporters at the Austrian Grand Prix, attended by some of Honda's senior management.

"As a technical point of view, it is interesting but from a racing point of view it is not attractive yet.

"Of course there are some possibilities we will join Formula E. In the company some of the members want to join Formula E as well," added the Japanese, appointed in February after a management shake-up.

Citroen's DS brand, Renault and Audi are among volume carmakers involved with Formula E teams while Jaguar are joining in season three. BMW provide safety and medical cars.

No Japanese manufacturer is involved, despite speculation that Nissan might enter after withdrawing from the World Endurance Championship.   Continued...

Formula E - Berlin ePrix, Berlin, Germany, 21/05/16. Drivers compete. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke