- Four-time Formula 1 champion Alain Prost is part owner of the latest team to join Formula E, further elevating the stature of the new electric-car series.
- E.dams becomes the fifth team to sign with Formula E.
- This latest announcement puts Formula E halfway toward its goal of 10 teams.
PARIS — Add four-time Formula 1 driving champion Alain Prost to the mix for the new electric-car Formula E Championship.
Prost, 58, will team with Jean-Paul Driot, founder of the Dams team that has been a front-runner in the undercard series GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5, to field a two-car entry in the new series when it launches in September 2014.
The new team, named e.dams, is the fifth entry to make a commitment to the new series. That puts Formula E halfway toward its goal of 10 teams. Other teams include Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing of the United States, Drayson Racing of England and Asian entry China Racing.
"I am very happy to be a part of the Formula E adventure," said Prost, who was present for an announcement of the new team Thursday at the L'Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées. "Being able to actively participate in the development of this new technology, which is 100 percent electric, is extremely motivating. As we've seen in other championships, 2014 will see a move towards more sustainable racing, proving more than ever that motorsport is the benchmark for the future."
Prost won F1 titles in 1985-'86, '89 and '93. He won 51 races during his career, which spanned 1980-1993 with the exception of a sabbatical in 1992.
Formula E Holdings President Alejandro Agag called Prost "one of the biggest worldwide names in motor sport" and praised the experience and achievements of Driot.
"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," Agag said. "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.
The series is scheduled to open its inaugural season September 20 in Beijing. The season will conclude in London in the summer of 2015.
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