"There are many rumors about Formula E. And believe me, most of them are true". Alberto longo he smiles when he tells how the course of the electric category was charted during a dinner in a Parisian restaurant in 2011. The Frenchman was at the table with him Jean Todt, holder of the International Automobile Federation; and his compatriot Alexander Agag, founder and current President of the series. There they talked about the future of mobility and quickly agreed that it would definitely be electric.
At some point during this remarkable evening, it occurred to these visionaries that the FIA should spearhead this initiative and launch the world's first electric single-seater world championship. “Alejandro immediately recognized the potential and volunteered as a promoter. The rest of us agreed. That napkin is framed and now it is hanging on the wall above the table in that restaurant ”, Longo explained.
El August 27st, 2013, old friends Agag and Longo received the official go-ahead from the FIA to create Formula E. “The first race was scheduled for 2015. That alone would have been a huge challenge. At that time, we had absolutely nothing, no technology, no teams, no pilots, no cities, no partners ”, remember Longo on podcast Inside E.
However, in the end they were given even less time. In January 2014, just after the first teams had signed up, a call came from the FIA headquarters in Paris asking that the start be brought forward to autumn. "That was the biggest challenge of our lives, but our dream came true with the first race in Beijing on September 13."
Formula E continued to evolve much faster than anticipated. "If someone had told us seven years ago that we would be where we are now, they would have answered that they were absolutely crazy"He says. "The fact that we have come so far and so fast is a real triumph". However, with success comes responsibility. "We have to live up to these expectations every day and we look forward to doing the right thing with the many people who have placed their trust in us."
As Director of the Championship, his daily work is first and foremost the organization. It also deals with the racing schedule, especially difficult in times of a global pandemic. In this regard, another update will be announced towards the end of April. For him, it is important to maintain a global perspective. "The whole world is affected, not just sports ”.
But one of Longo's strengths is undoubtedly the ability to anticipate events and plan for the future. The question of where he sees Formula E in five years does not bother him in the least: "That is easy", smile. “I firmly believe that Formula E will be the benchmark in motorsport in terms of innovation, technology, sustainability, inclusion and equality. Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done before that happens, but Formula E has been created for that purpose.