Method E boss Alejandro Agag says the electrical sequence “wants” to have a Japanese driver on the grid to assist enhance its profile within the nation.
Japan, a significant marketplace for electrical autos, has thus far not had a full-time FE entrant, with Takuma Sato and Sakon Yamamoto coming into one and two races respectively within the inaugural 14/15 season and Kamui Kobayashi racing in Hong Kong in season 4, albeit below a Monegasque license.
Though FE has managed to draw a Japanese producer – with Nissan taking up the e.dams entry from alliance associate Renault forward of season 5 – it won’t be operating a driver from its residence nation, with Alexander Albon racing alongside Sebastien Buemi.
When requested if he was disillusioned to not have a Japanese driver completely racing in FE, Agag mentioned he was “more than happy to see younger expertise [Albon] coming to Method E” however added that he “would like to see a Japanese driver in Method E”.
“I need a Japanese driver,” he instructed Motorsport.com. “I believe we’d like a Japanese driver.
“I don’t put the duty on Nissan to not have a Japanese driver – anyone ought to get a Japanese driver.
“[But] you want drivers within the completely different markets. And Japan is a good marketplace for electrical vehicles and I believe we will change into greater in Japan.
“But when we don’t have a Japanese star it makes it harder.”
In addition to attracting a Japanese FE racer, Agag is eager for the nation to host its personal race.
Tokyo and Yokohama have each been advised as potential host cities, however Agag mentioned it’s presently not a easy activity to carry FE to the streets of Japan.
“It’s very sophisticated,” he mentioned. “For the police are very restrictive in Japan and it makes it very troublesome to make a race.”