Motorsport publication Autosport reported that in answer to a question asking whether Ferrari would consider joining Formula E, Marchionne said: “The answer is yes. I have agonised over this with my colleagues here in Ferrari for quite a while."
Marchionne then detailed the two issues it has with the way the race series is currently run; the first being the race’s allowance for the swapping of cars when battery range runs dry. “That is not something that Ferrari would naturally gravitate to,” Marchionne said.
The second issue Ferrari has with Formula E is the level of standardisation which the series incorporates; a standardised chassis is a requirement.
“The standardisation associated with the electric car is something which runs against the grain of Ferrari because otherwise, it will prevent [Ferrari] from playing whatever it is that it does technically on a vehicle," he continued.
Chassis standardisation is likely to be the point at which Ferrari’s willingness to participate expires; Formula E’s CEO, Alejandro Agag, previously told Autosport that the series was unlikely to ever welcome another arrangement for chassis setups, to focus upon furthering electric powertrain tech, rather than other elements.
This is not set in stone, though, because the race series might be swayed as more and more mainstream manufacturers – especially larger names such as Ferrari and Mercedes – show interest and consider entry, potentially bringing a much larger audience to the series.
A Ferrari spokesman was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.