Susie Wolff is comfortable with ABB FIA Formula E Championship rounds taking place on the same weekend as Formula 1, with the majority of this season’s races clashing.
All but three of the remaining ten Formula E races after this weekend’s Santiago E-Prix will clash with F1 meetings.
The Venturi team principal says that that the timings of E-Prix mean that a direct clash with F1 doesn’t have a direct impact on Formula E weekends.
“I’m not too worried about us clashing with F1 as I don’t think they are a concern,” Wolff told e-racing365.
“Our races are mostly on a Saturday in the late afternoon so they don’t predominantly clash with qualifying at Grands Prix and rarely race on the same day as F1.
“It’s really difficult for the organizers who put the calendar together to come up with a calendar that doesn’t have so many clashes, so the complexities of getting it done is tough.”
Wolff, who still occasionally works in F1 as a media pundit, says that Formula E needs to continue forging its own way in motorsport and she highlighted the new timed length of races giving the all-electric series added individuality.
“I see Formula E now standing alone to be honest and I don’t see it as a competitor to Formula 1,” she said.
“The audience and the concept is different and the feedback I get after races is that the race distance went down well. Forty-five minutes in this day and age seems a better fit than an hour and a half.
“We don’t need to worry about our standing against Formula 1 because we are going our own way.”
Wolff cited calendar stability and long-term deals with host cities as being of primary importance to Formula E’s future prosperity.
“From my perspective as a team principal I want the locations to be of prime importance, going to great cities and having long-term deals like in Saudi Arabia,” said Wolff.
“That is how we will be cemented a as championship because this and the overall value of the Formula E product is more important than worrying about clashes with F1.”