Popular Formula-E driver and two-time FE World Champion Jean-Eric Vergne recently challenged veteran F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who made his comeback with the recently rebranded Alpine F1 team to come to Formula-E and beat him and others like him in equal machinery, something that is far from possible in Formula 1.
Vergne said that he would love to see the two-time World Champion try his hand at the Formula-E grid where a level playing field makes the winning lineup one based on talent and skill, rather than talent, skill and a little bit of help from the car.
“I was at Le Mans two years ago with Fernando Alonso,” Vergne stated in an interview to Mundo Deportivo. “In Formula E, everyone has the same car and the same chances to win. If you think you are the best you should come to Formula E and try to beat us.
“Fernando has achieved incredible things in his life in our sport and if he wanted to come to Formula E, it would be fantastic for everyone.”
Vergne, a driver who himself was in the pinnacle of motor racing for three seasons, driving for the Scuderia Torro Rosso (now Alpha Tauri) outfit was far less happy about his stint in F1, moving on from which he went to Formula-E during its inaugural season in 2014.
“In your life, you always want to be successful,” Vergne said. “A lot of drivers can be title contenders. Of course, everyone dreams of being a Formula 1 World Champion, but there are more things beyond Formula 1.
“You can be a champion in other very competitive categories like rallying, Formula E, karting, and for me the important thing is to fight for titles. And in my case, my wish is to have more than one title, and more than two, and I love to enter the history books of my sport.
“I was in Formula 1 and I think I failed there, and after that, I had a second chance to change that in the same sport but in a different category. And that’s what I did.”