bad hollywood movie.
It didn’t really add anything, but it didn’t really annoy me either. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, I applaud Formula E and Agag for trying something different. In an industry where we moan about entertainment (A LOT), ideas like this we should embrace, even if you don’t like them.
The Track(s) – I’m on the fence on this one. Beijing’s “Box” Circuit wasn’t all that. It had awkwardly placed barriers, sausage kerbs and it was confusing…But I really don’t think a series like this would work as well on conventional circuit tracks. I’ll pass judgement till we see more new tracks in the works, but hopefully, it’ll improve as time goes on. Less 90 degree corners and chicanes would be nice, mind. (Anyone else notice the MASSIVE lack of fans?)
The Fan Boost – Now this is what many call a deal breaker. I’m not so sure yet. We didn’t see very much of the “Fan Boost” in the race this time around, because the three drivers who won, didn’t see much action. Bruno Senna got collected on Lap 1, Katherine Legge was off the pace and outside of the points, and Lucas Di Grassi didn’t really have a key overtake where the Fan Boost made the difference.
Now, I don’t agree with turning ANY sport into a popularity contest and enabling us fans to go drunk with power, but on the other end of the scale, but whether it will actually directly affect a race result remains to be seen, so let’s give it a chance eh? We might all be over-blowing this one a tad.
The cars were too slow? – Yes, because GP2/3 cars set the world on fire. Seriously, the cars are no slower than Formula Ford cars, and other entry level series, so that’s not a valid complaint in my book.
The coverage – I liked ITV’s overall presentation, a lot. A shame they couldn’t show practise and qualifying, but I think their overall package was sound. Jennie Gow has improved SO much from her MotoGP days and was a solid in studio anchor, as well as Jann Mardenborough as a race pundit for the driving element. And great to see Jack Nicholls get to commentate as well, I remember watching him on FSR on YouTube and seeing him commentate on the world stage is awesome. He and Dario Franchitti had great chemistry and the race went smoothly.
A shame some of the World Feed’s graphics were a little inaccurate, on elements like battery level, but I can understand some first race gremlins. Also, the treatment of Daniel Abt’s penalty post race was a little sloppy, but overall, a great first effort and it will only get better in time.
The Pit Stops – Yeah, this could get confusing. I didn’t know there was a MINIMUM pit stop time, and the pit stops end up being so long, that the drivers effectively lose a lap, with Beijing’s stops taking around 110 seconds. I don’t mind there being a lengthy stop, you gotta understand, they’re changing cars, but there’s also a safety element, and you have to be strapped in properly, and you shouldn’t have to put your crew under pressure to get you out as quickly as possible.
The Calendar – Yeah, this is an issue. You’d think a new Motorsport series would WANT to hit the ground running and kick on with its launch, after generating so much buzz on it’s opening race… But now we have to wait two months till the 2nd race. The buzz would have gone by then, and you want as many mouths on this as possible, it’s so important at launch. A shame.
So what did I make of it all? I think Formula E’s off to a great start. It’s far from perfect, and here’s hoping that things DO improve, I think a few minor tweaks and the FIA are onto a winner here, but the series has had a great start in my opinion, and I think will only get better. Let me know what you thought of Formula E’s debut race in the comments, and thanks for reading!