We love Formula One and every other high-octane filled form of motorsport but Formula E has intrigued us since its announcement in 2012. With its aim of providing low-emission racing and tight controls on team spending, it is currently much more sustainable both environmentally and economically than F1.
If you thought that watching 20 identical battery powered cars going around a tight street circuit would produce processional racing, the first two races of the season have proved you wrong. For example, check out this last lap action between Nick Heidfeld and Nico Prost.
An ‘All-Star’ Cast
Formula E has a great line up of ex-F1 drivers, aspiring world champions and one of the brightest female talents in motorsport in Michela Cerruti, representing one of the best chances we have to see a female F1 star return to the sport. Not only that, but some of the teams such as Andretti, Audi and e.dams- Renault, represent the best of the motorsport world. Here’s the full line-up for Punta del Este, Uruguay (Saturday 13th December 2014):
Amlin Aguri: Salvador Duran & Antonio Felix da Costa
Andretti: Matthew Brabham & Jean-Eric Vergne
Audi Sport ABT: Daniel Abt & Lucas di Grassi
China Racing: Antonio Garcia & Nelson Piquet Jr.
Dragon Racing: Jerome D’Ambrosio & Oriol Servia
e.dams-RENAULT: Sebastien Buemi & Nicolas Prost
Mahindra Racing: Karun Chandhok & Bruno Senna
Trulli: Michela Cerruti & Jarno Trulli
Venturi: Nick Heidfeld & Stephane Sarrazin
Virgin Racing: Jaime Alguersuari & Sam Bird
I can’t be the only one that feels nostalgic when someone mentions a ‘Trulli Train’?
Potential to improve road cars
As previously mentioned, 2014/2015 Formula E cars are all identical. However, that’s due to change in coming seasons which can only increase innovation surrounding battery powered cars. Whilst they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, improvements in battery life could help other commercial applications such as your mobile phone or tablet.
Give it a chance...
At least you have nothing to lose! Formula E is broadcast on free-to-air ITV4 in the UK, so there’s no expensive Sky subscription necessary. During the general motorsport ‘off-season’ it’s great to see some action on TV so I, for one, will be tuning in!
Round 3: Punta Del Este (Uruguay)
ITV4: Coverage starts at 5pm (GMT)