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2014-03-25 07:14


FORMULA E CAR DEBUT: Driver Lucas di Grassi demonstrates the Spark-Renault SRT_01E in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2014. Image: AFP

Wheels24 reader Jason van Schalkwyk is eagerly waiting for the 2014 Formula E  season to kick off.

I am a huge fan of Formula 1. Some might say that I am negative or 'old school' for believing that the sport should be a fury of screaming engines and smoking tyres and that its current format is not the right way to go.

That being said, I am hugely excited to see Formula E in action.


Confusing statements some might say, but let me explain. I believe there is a place for both in their own right.

I believe there should be a series in which the ultimate combustion engines, within FIA rules, compete and that the series for it should be F1. Systems such as Kers and ERS should be used to enhance the machine instead of taking it over.

Cars like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 achieve this.


Formula E is an equally exciting prospect as its already 'the future' i.e It's electric cars competing against each other.

The rules and the template on which it takes place is not an altered one but designed around the electric car and its current problems.

This creates an incredible opportunity for development and puts us (drivers) in the exciting position where many possibilities and opportunities still lie ahead, as was the case with F1 50 years ago.

So in time F1 will die down and Formula E will rise to what F1 currently is. For now, F1 deserves a last hoorah and it will give an opportunity for Formula E to develop.

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