A racing revolution

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Sam Bird and his team celebrate his victory in Rome. Credit @DS_IRL via Twitter.

With the Formula E season having recently passed its halfway point, now may be the most significant opportunity to ascertain who may ultimately claim the title. Considering the races themselves are continuously broadcast on Freeview TV, and therefore seem more easily accessible to the masses, motivation to achieve this goal may be higher than in previous years. Yet, the status of Formula One seems to remain superior to its electronic counterparts, most notably due to the influx of monetary incentives implemented. An overarching goal for drivers in Formula E may therefore be to transition, as it may result in an influx of opportunities. Whilst this might impact the quality in Formula E, it ultimately may pay dividends for the sport, solely serving to increase the competitive nature of the competition.

The sport itself seems to have revolutionised racing, as with Formula One, alongside other major competitions, continuing to use petrol to power their vehicles, Formula E has opted for an alternative. Whilst this may naturally increase the safety levels for drivers, it may more poignantly highlight the benefits of using electricity to power cars. The necessity to implement renewable energy sources seems to now be intensifying, with the debate surrounding the Paris Agreement seemingly cementing this suggestion. With these race cars also continuously producing fast speeds, and consistent performances, the benefits seem plentiful, and thus the sport may be the catalyst in this revolution ultimately occurring.

Whilst the sport may, therefore, be striving to utilise its usage of electricity as its main drawing point, it seems to have also strived to innovate to improve its standing in the sporting world. The organisers seem to have recognised the necessity of this, and the improvements which may be required, and as such they may be reacting to the current climate. The most recent race in Rome may support this ideology, as with the event the first hosted in the area, it seems the sport may be achieving the widest possible reach. Yet, the race itself may be worthier of the focus, with Sam Bird emerging victorious to narrow the divide at the top of the standings. Considering a number of drivers seem capable of attaining victories, as reiterated by four different drivers winning the first seven races of the season, it seemed challenging to predict a victor. As such, Bird may be superiorly impacted by the experience, and with him perhaps acting as the talisman for the British contingent in the sport, he may be able to spearhead motor racing in a similar way to Lewis Hamilton.

A racing revolution

Sébastien Buemi (left) and Nico Prost (right) are two of the drivers who have amassed experience in Formula One. Credit @CornwallNissan via Twitter.

Bird may therefore claim the plaudits, with this perhaps further warranted considering his rivals’ superior experience. Whilst Formula One may possess the most established and competent drivers in the world, Formula E possesses several who have amassed experience at this level. Therefore, they may have honed their capabilities sufficiently in order to be regarded as similarly proficient. While this may indeed be the case, their status may have further motivated their colleagues to ultimately surpass their achievements, with finishing ahead in races perhaps the first step in achieving this. This may most notably create increased intrigue during races, and with the support network established by these drivers’ status perhaps leading to high support, captivating fans may ensure this support remains.

Ultimately, the recent race in Rome may claim the focus, as Rosenqvist seemed to be heading to victory before Bird won, and as such the sport already seems to possess a competitive nature. When coupled with the vast experience of the drivers, and the fresh ideologies surrounding cars, the foundations may be laid for success. The challenge may now, therefore, be to advance this further, and ensure its position may be cemented. With the next race scheduled for the end of April, this period may be most productively utilised to continue the momentum achieved in Rome. If the drivers may perform at their peak capabilities in this race, they may play an integral role, with more fans potentially inclined to lend their support.

Why might Formula E’s ideology surrounding their cars revolutionise motor racing?

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