ABT Sportsline has confirmed it will return to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the beginning of the Gen3 era, starting next year.
The German outfit will enter as a customer team after having been a fixture throughout the championship’s first seven seasons. Despite a hiatus in Season 8, following the exit of Audi ABT can still count itself among the most successful teams in Formula E history, with 47 podiums and 1,380 points to its name.
The team won the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, whilst Lucas di Grassi steered to the Drivers’ title in 2017, ABT then sealed the Teams’ crown a season later and partnered with Audi between 2017 and 2021.
ABT has already secured a powertrain supplier for 2023, which they will announce shortly and discussions are already underway as the privateer aims to secure a pair of ‘clever’ drivers to leverage every possible advantage at the start of Formula E’s new era.
Formula E has always had a big place in our hearts and we have never made a secret of the fact that we want to be back. After the internal kick-off, we are now talking to our current and potential partners. The goal is to bring a strong team to the championship, both on and off track.Hans- Juergen Abt, Managing Partner.
We have always been in contact with Formula E, had many discussions and have received great support from the whole team around Alejandro (Agag), Alberto (Longo) and Jamie (Reigle). As far as our two drivers are concerned, we have very clear ideas. We will probably start the 2023 season as underdogs, unlike last time as a factory team. That’s why it’s all the more important that we have quick and clever drivers in the cockpit, who fit in well with us. The first talks are exciting and very positive, so I’m sure we’ll have our team together soon.Thomas Biermaie, CEO ABT.
Formula E is the pinnacle of all-electric motorsport so it’s natural that teams and manufacturers leading the electric mobility revolution want to be part of the championship. In Season 9 we will introduce two game-changing developments designed to enhance the appeal of racing in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. First, we debut the Gen3 race car which will set the standard in performance, efficiency and sustainability. Second, we introduce new financial regulations to underpin competitive balance and financial sustainability for our teams. Together, they create an environment for competitive racing and long-term growth. We look forward to seeing ABT embrace these opportunities as they return to Formula E in Gen3.Jamie Reigle, Formula E CEO.