Formula 1 Post-Qualifying questions are usually about race set-up and strategies but Nirmal John from Fortune India Magazine asked the top 3 Indian GP qualifiers about the new electric Formula E series starting next year. Here is what Sebastian Vettel (SV), Nico Rosberg (NR) and Lewis Hamilton (LH) said.
Q: I just wanted to ask your views on Formula E which is the new electric car racing series which is in the works. How sustainable is that kind of racing series and what does that signify in terms of the future of Formula One meeting something like electric cars?
SV: I don’t like it at all. I think it’s not the future, I think the people come here to feel Formula One and there’s not much to feel when a car goes by and you don’t even hear anything else but the wind. Maybe I’m very old fashioned, but I think Formula One needs to scream, needs to be loud, there needs to be the vibration. That’s what I remember from the first time I went to see Formula One in 1992 for free practice at Hockenheim, even though it was wet and the cars didn’t go out, but once they did their installation laps it was a great feeling just to be there and hear them coming through the forest and feel it through the ground. That’s why I’m not a big fan at all.
NR: Well, it’s an interesting thing, for sure, something new and I know there’s a lot of interest and it’s planned to be in the cities so it’s bringing the race to the people, not the people to the race and of course it’s a bit of the future, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. We need to wait and see.
LH: I agree with both of them.
Their responses are not surprising. Formula E is meant to be a brand new type of racing – not for the traditional petrol heads. Indeed as Nico Rosberg says, we need to wait and see before drawing any conclusions or writing it off.
(Repost from October 26, 2013)