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.
With the usual Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue unavailable to Formula E, it visited the little Puebla circuit to keep its foot in the door in Mexico. A near-winner two years ago, Pascal Wehrlein looked in swaggering form throughout the weekend - but a breathless final encounter helped put Edoardo Mortara in the driving seat
In an eventful Formula E season, punctuated by rain and energy-conservation controversy, the 12 teams contesting the championship have endured many challenges in the opening seven races. Here's how they've got on across the first half of the season.
OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades
Formula E faced much criticism in the wake of its maligned Valencia event. In need of a turnaround, the series' first use of Monaco's iconic Formula 1 layout provided it with the injection of thrills required to clear the fog that had enveloped the paddock
Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair
It's taken a long time for Jaguar to reach the cusp of contending for championships in Formula E. But, after last season's challenge crumbled in Berlin, the team has been bolstered by a top-line arrival who has helped to end an unwanted 30-year wait
Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow
Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits
Jaguar support series marks a 'big step' for Formula E - Agag
Mahindra retains Rosenqvist, Heidfeld for 2017/18 Formula E season