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BMW confirms Formula E involvement with existing team

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BMW confirms Formula E involvement with existing team
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Jul 18, 2016, 9:00 AM

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt has confirmed that the manufacturer is working alongside an existing Formula E team, with a view to a full entry in the future.

Robin Frijns, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
António Félix da Costa, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M4 DTM
Press Conference: António Félix da Costa, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M4 DTM
Robin Frijns, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director
Robin Frijns, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team

Although Marquardt wouldn’t publically confirm the name of the squad, it is widely believed that the Bavarian marque is working with the Andretti Formula E team.

The American squad is expected to announce BMW factory driver Antonio Felix da Costa as teammate to the already-confirmed Robin Frijns.

“We are working closely on the engineering side with one of the teams [in Formula E],” Marquardt told Motorsport.com.

“So, we have a good insight, but we have always made it clear there are a few things that have to really strengthen and develop. I think it is going in the right direction.”

Marquardt re-iterated BMW’s deep-rooted stance of waiting for Formula E to mature to one-car-per-driver series, which is projected to happen in season five of the series.

“For sure, the change of car that is still in place is, from our point of view, with regards to the range of electric vehicles is not ideal," he admitted.

"But there is a path to season five to get this into a better solution and we keep monitoring the situation.

“There is huge potential on the marketing side, but there is also a lot of work that needs to be done to lift that potential, to bring the series forward and make it more attractive for people to be involved."

Asked directly if BMW was currently working with the Andretti Formula E team, Marquardt said: “We have an engineering co-operation with a team, but that is the extent of what there is.”

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