I would love to see some f1 teams get involved McLaren said they might, they can use it as a testing ground for academy drivers honing racecraft in a competitive environment more time developing than just chucking them in.
Yeah it could be a pretty good way of getting more tallent into training programs with big F1 teams.
It may also be cheaper for the likes of Marussia and Caterham to drop out of F1 completely and move to the likes of Formula E. That way we'd get the 10 team F1 rule kick in and get 3 cars per team :p
9 team rule
Sorry, my bad - typo :p
plus the technical specs are pretty open at the moment formula E so it F1 teams could make good use of areo testing in the series as well.
Isn't that doubtful?
I don't know that much about aerodynamics, but given the massive power and speed differential between F1 and FE, would F1 teams really benefit from the solutions they come up with in FE?
Reversing that question, can a car with roughly half the power and a top speed of (not too much higher than) 200km/h benefit from the kind of aero you see on F1 cars?
Also, I don't think they will position it as a feeder series to F1. FR3.5 and GP2 are far better positioned for this (driving experience is closer to that of F1). It could be an alternative to the GP3/Formula 3000/FR2.0 but that's pretty far removed from F1 and I imagine the FIA will want Formula E to have far more visibility.
Next to that, I can't see too many ex-F1 drivers entering. I think most of them, and especially the top drivers, it will feel too much like a step back and so they will either retire or move on to some kind of GT/Endurance/... racing and not a single seater of this kind.
Conclusion, it makes more sense (for me at least) to have it as an alternative formula to display the technology and, maybe, let the technology mature for use in F1 one day. And I fear we won't be seeing the very best drivers in it. Not promising youths, as they will remain in the feeder series we know now, and not the retired top F1 drivers.