F1 legend Alain Prost says electric cars are “normal”

  French racer and Formula One legend Alain Prost told ELN getting involved with electric cars is “part of the normal way of thinking”. The four–time F1 winner was speaking […]

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By Vicky Ellis
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French racer and Formula One legend Alain Prost told ELN getting involved with electric cars is “part of the normal way of thinking”.

The four–time F1 winner was speaking at the global launch of a new all-electric racing series, the FIA Formula E Championships, which begin in Beijing this September.

Prost is at the helm of the e.dams Renault team, one of ten in the new tournament.

He explained: “I’ve been part of Formula One for many years developing new technology and time is very different today.

“It’s very interesting to be part of something new, something different.”

Hastening to add he is not forsaking his first love, Prost said: “That does not mean I am not participating in Formula One or not motivated by Formula One because it’s completely separate.”

Prost was thrilling petrolheads in the Eighties and early Nineties alongside the late Ayrton Senna – but he expects a slightly different crowd to gather around FE.

“You don’t go to see a race in the city in the same way you go to Silverstone,” he said, adding it’s got to be a “fun” series.

Car manufacturer Renault was revealed as a new team partner for e.dams at the launch in Camden’s Roundhouse on Tuesday.

The French car firm is “not only a sponsor but a technical partner”, said Prost: “We are going to develop new technology after the first year [of Formula E], it’s very important to have a partner like Renault with us.”