Former F1 Driver ‘Offers’ to Buy Formula One

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In the wake of talks that Liberty Media could be putting Formula One for sale, the internet has been going crazy. Earlier today, former F1 driver and former Formula E champion, Lucas Di Grassi, decided to have a bit of fun on Twitter.

As it turned out, the Brazilian ‘offered’ to buy the sport and set up a crowdfunding link to do so. His Formula E teammate, Daniel Abt even pledged 10€ to the cause. From that point onwards, the trolling began with a vengeance.

On a more serious note, di Grassi claims that Audi “gains more in Formula E” than it would in Formula One.

His comments come after Red Bull motorsport advisor, Dr Helmut Marko recently launched a scathing attack on the ABB FIA FE Championship.

Several major manufacturers have entered the series since its debut in 2014, with names such as Audi, Jaguar, Nissan, Mahindra, Mercedes and BMW all on the current entry list. In fact, even Porsche is expected to join FE in the 2019-20 Season.

Di Grassi has said that Audi were very satisfied to date with their FE experience.

“The fact is that every car of Audi in the future will be electric, and we need to understand which factors are limiting us, which are the best materials and how to develop software to control the engine.

“We have all this development of the electric car that will be used in the future.

“[With] the combustion engine you already know how it works. The interesting thing is discovering how we can make electric cars run fast, [be] more efficient and more cheap.

“This is what we do here. Not only Audi, but everyone. So, this is much more of a commercial development than Formula 1.”

The current Formula E season is in full swing with three races in three continents done and dusted.

UK’s Sam Bird currently leads the standings, though he has a 1-point gap to Mahindra’s Jerome D’Ambrosio.

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Lucas Di Grassi in the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler