Is Formula E the most misunderstood motorsport?

Can we just start off with me holding up my hands and saying ‘I get it’.

The noise isn’t quite soul-shattering, the speed might not be breath-taking and the lack of an actual engine is an unappealing factor for many, however Formula E continues to attract not only devoted fans and well-respected drivers, but major manufactures are flocking to the sport in outstanding numbers. Not bad when you consider that the championship is just about to wrap up its third season at a double-header in Montreal this weekend. Despite it’s success both on and off track, Formula E still hasn’t made it as a ‘fan favourite’ just yet. There is no denying that the sound and the battery have meant fans just can’t engage with the sport in the way they would like to but looking past those subjects, Formula E is one of motorsport’s strongest series. Yes, it is no IndyCar or Formula 1 but it isn’t trying to be.

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“Harsh penalties” should be implemented to those that “cheat” Fanboost, according to Bird

FanBoost has been a controversial part of the Formula E weekend since it was introduced at the first ePrix at Beijing in 2014. The idea was to be able to give your favourite driver a ‘boost’ of energy which would then help them during the all-electric races around global city centres. Unfortunately for FanBoost, bots soon became involved and the chance to win FanBoost became less about your fan engagement and more about how much money you had to pay to get you up the rankings.

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Meet Tom Dillmann: Formula E’s latest electrifying talent

Tom Dillmann certainly made a positive impression in the FIA Formula E Championship when he made his race debut around the streets of Paris several weeks ago, picking up four vital constructors’ points for Venturi GP in what seemed to be a one-off outing for the young Frenchman in the all-electric championship.

Since racing around the streets of the French capital, it has been confirmed that Dillmann has now secured a full-time race seat with the Monaco-based Formula E team starting in Berlin this weekend. This fortuitous opportunity presented itself after Stephane Sarrazin, whose seat Dillmann will be filling, left the team to drive for Renault-powered Techeetah after the quick departure of their driver Esteban Gutierrez. This driver change means that Dillmann will pair with German driver Maro Engel for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

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WATCH: My FIA Formula E experience in Monaco 

As many of you will know, I recently travelled to Monaco and Paris for back to back weekends of the FIA Formula E championship. As well as collecting a wealth of content for this very website, I also tried to film as much as possible so I could put together a little video blog from my trip. It’s hardly groundbreaking coverage from behind the scenes of the all-electric championship but it was fun to make and a nice way to reflect on such a surreal weekend. 

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Disappointment for Abt as last lap retirement destroys the ‘one of the best Formula E races’ of his career

Starting 15th on the grid in Paris, Daniel Abt drove one of the best races in his Formula E career to place his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in P7 as the final laps of the Paris ePrix approached. He had been awarded Fanboost and overtaken a total of eight cars during the 49 lap race, making him a worthy contender for driver of the race.

Unfortunately Abt ran into trouble just three corners before the chequered flag. A battery management issue caused the car to come to an abrupt halt and ended his race meters from the finish line. Understandably, Abt was a broken man and although he was able to take several positives from the weekend in the heart of France’s capital city, the disappointment in the unreliability of the car hurt him deeply.

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Bird commends “impressive” location and track ahead of Paris ePrix

Sam Bird secured Super Pole in Paris last year, demonstrating fantastic performance around the Parisian streets, although a bad start resulted in a disappointing race for the British driver who could only manage a sixth place finish.

Looking ahead to this weekend and the return to the streets of Paris, Bird hopes to improve his result here from last April, however qualifying didn’t go quite as plan – Bird describing it as “the worst qualifying I have ever had in my career”. He qualified 18th with a 1:03.573, +1.402s off the pace of Buemi.

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