The paradox that could fix F1's biggest flaw
The announcement that Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi was becoming CEO of Roborace raised eyebrows - why would a racing driver want to run a series that could make people in cockpits obsolete? He explains his vision, and an unexpected new direction for Roborace
Lucas di Grassi is a smiler, always has been. Never have the smiles been broader than when he scaled another motorsport height - whether winning the Macau Formula 3 classic, claiming yet another GP2 win, being announced as a Formula 1 driver for Virgin Racing, winning in the World Endurance Championship or Formula E for Audi, or clinching the FE title this summer.
That last accolade was a particularly sweet moment for the 33-year-old Brazilian, for he had previously driven in GP2 (pictured below) - and developed the Gen2 2008-10 GP2 car - for FE founder Alejandro Agag, who recognised his technical, analytical and tyre development skills, and went on to contract him as a test driver for the nascent FE project.
Maserati will make a full-factory return to racing, joining the Formula E grid in 2023 with a view to electrifying its road car portfolio. In that regard it makes sense for Maserati - but it's also a win for the series as it seeks to rebound from losing three of its heavyweight German giants in the space of a few months
As Formula E prepares to enter its new Gen3 era, many have pondered the prospect of its existing machines continuing in a feeder category. But before such a programme could be embarked on, there are several important questions that must be satisfactorily answered
OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019
Formula E welcomes a mix of past, present and future for the 2021-2022 season. The old guard facing off against a sprinkling of newcomers, a fresh qualifying format amid a sporting rules shake-up and a range of minor tweaks to the existing all-electric machines are all subplots to the final campaign before the next generation arrives
Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards
With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within
OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race-winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series
By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls
Jaguar support series marks a 'big step' for Formula E - Agag
Mahindra retains Rosenqvist, Heidfeld for 2017/18 Formula E season