Super Aguri, which ran two full seasons in Formula 1, is one of ten teams that will be fielding cars into the inaugural season of Formula E.
During an interview with FIAFormulaE.com, Super Aguri’s Team Principal Mark Preston revealed that Takuma Sato is on the team’s shortlist for a spot in the Formula E field.
“We’ve had an influx of interest from all over the world and securing a Japanese driver is high on our list,” said Preston. “I can confirm we are in discussions with Takuma and his representatives about the possibility of him joining us in Formula E.”
Takuma Sato is one of 40 drivers currently in Formula E’s Drivers’ Club. Other names include Marco Andretti, Conor Daly, Nick Heidfeld and Jarno Trulli.
“There are other factors to navigate such as budgets and Takuma’s current IndyCar commitments,” Preston adds. The Formula E season will not kick off until September 13, two weeks after the 2014 IndyCar finale at Fontana. However, it will run until June 2015, which could conflict with the IndyCar schedule next season.
Preston has yet to have his hands on the Spark-Renault SRT-01E, which each team will be racing during the series.
“We all know how passionate race fans are in Japan and we’ve seen already on social media that the reception of Super Aguri and Formula E has been overwhelmingly positive … With each team racing on level terms in the first season it really puts an emphasis on the talent of your drivers. I think our chances will hinge largely on how well we train them to use the new technology and how they perform over the 10 races.”
FOX Sports 1 will have exclusive coverage of Formula E with LIVE coverage all season long, beginning with the race at Beijing on September 13.