Former F1 driver Jerome d'Ambrosio says it is his plan to compete in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship despite not yet putting pen to paper on a deal.

d'Ambrosio has been present for all four days of official pre-season testing at Donington Park with the China Racing team, the Belgian regularly proving one of the quickest drivers on the end-of-day timesheets and finishing third overall at the end of the fortnight.

Despite this, the ex-Marussia Virgin Racing F1 driver remains uncommitted to any particular team, even if he remains very keen to be on the starting grid with China Racing when the team's home event begins in Beijing in September.

"Nothing is on the dotted line yet," he told Crash.net. "First thing, doing these test days, there is a lot of work to be done so it is good for me to understand the car and what is needed.

"There aren't many seats available. I am building a good relationship with the China Racing team and they are working well. The team behind China Racing I know from previous experiences, so it would be a good solution for me."

Indeed, d'Ambrosio is positive about the concept of Formula E and praised the way the cars have performed since he began testing, claiming there have been relatively few issues, while he believes the greater emphasis on an entertainment package will entice a new audience to the sport.

"I think it is a great championship," he continued. "The cars are behaving extremely well and they have done a great job. We have seen championships launching with cars having far more problems than what we have seen here.

"This is clearly a new concept of racing. You cannot compare it to any other racing series. It is a nice form of racing and entertainment, because it is not just about the racing. I think there are great things ahead for the championship, because it is reaching out to fans."

Touching on the 'FanBoost' initiative, d'Ambrosio jokes that racing for China Racing with the support of the most populated country in the world could well work in his favour...

"This might be very good for us! How many billions of votes are we going to get...? We will see... we will campaign, but we aren't there yet."

 

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