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Wittmann not interested in future Formula E switch

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Wittmann not interested in future Formula E switch
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Dec 14, 2016, 10:25 AM

Marco Wittmann has no immediate plans to jump from the DTM to Formula E, despite BMW’s increased involvement in the all-electric series.

Champion Marco Wittmnn, BMW Team RMG celebrate with team
Champion 2016, Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Marco Wittmann, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team

BMW has formed a strong partnership with the Andretti Formula E squad for the 2016/17 season, with Macau winner Antonio Felix da Costa making a full-time switch from the DTM programme to the FE programme.

However, despite a background in open-wheeler racing, Wittmann is not looking to follow suit any time soon. While adopting a clear ‘never say never’ approach, the now two-time DTM champ reckons he’s happy where he is in German Touring Cars.

“Currently with Formula E, I’m not a huge fan, if I’m honest,” he said during a recent trip to Australia.

“The show around it, and the locations they race in, are really great. To race in those big cities, that’s something special. That’s something I like.

“But I don’t like the single-seater style of Formula E, with no sound. And the top speed isn’t amazing. I don’t know; I’ve never tried it, so I probably should try it once and get a feeling before I form my opinion. But currently it’s not something that I’m that interested in.

“I’m very happy with the DTM, I feel very comfortable there.

“Of course, we need to look at what happens in the future. It could be the best championship in the world in 10 years. As a driver you have to look at which direction you go, and follow which direction motorsport goes.

“Only then can you really decide where you want to go.”

Wittmann raced in Formula BMW and European Formula 3 before switching to the DTM, and last drove a single-seater when he was given a Toro Rosso test as a reward for winning the DTM title in 2014.

He is now fully immersed in the brand’s DTM and GT programmes, and was in Australia to test the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 at Bathurst ahead of next year’s 12 Hour.

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Author Andrew van Leeuwen