Founder and owner of Virgin, Richard Branson believes that by 2027 electric racing series Formula E will overtake Formula 1 in popularity.
In 2010, British businessman came to the “Royal race” with its own team of Virgin Racing, but did not achieve any success and left after a few years. Now his team is represented in Formula E.
“Once Alex tai [the team leader] told me that you no longer have to look in the direction of F1 is the Formula E environmentally friendly motors. I agree with his opinion, – said Branson in an interview with the South China Morning Post. – This is a very interesting championship, which every year is gaining popularity. I will say even more: if the Formula 1 will continue to move in its current direction, then in ten years Formula E will come out ahead in popularity. It’s real. The world is moving towards environmentally friendly machines, so the technology of Formula E future.”
In 2015, Branson predicted that the Formula E will overtake Formula 1 in popularity in four or five years.
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