Formula One experts optimistic about Formula E

Damon Hill British GP Paddock Formula E Opinions

The 2014 British Grand Prix paddock was abuzz with excitement and opinion about Formula E in the light of the Donington Park Formula E test that had concluded only days earlier.

Speaking exclusively to Formula Future, here is what some of Formula One’s leading figures had to say about the revolutionary all-electric single-seater formula:

Damon Hill, 1996 Formula One World Champion and Sky Sports Formula One Expert Analyst:
“Electric cars are probably the future – certainly within cities – so it’s going to be interesting to see how the series progresses.”

Natalie Pinkham, Sky Sports F1 Pitlane Reporter:
“I’ve got two very good friends in Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok taking part in it, so I hope it’s a great success. I’ll be watching with interest!”

Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing Formula E driver:
“It’s a new and totally different way of going racing. Formula E is about developing and mastering new technologies and transferring those technologies to the real world.”

Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing Formula E driver:
“It’s not a Formula One car, obviously, and it’s unfair to compare it with any other racing series because it’s a totally new concept that has only just been born.”

Sébastien Buemi, e.dams Renault Formula E driver:
“There are a lot of new features that we still need to learn about – the recharging of the batteries under braking, using the battery as well as possible, different power maps…”

Johnny Herbert, Formula One race winner and Sky Sports Formula One Expert Analyst:
“The one negative is the lack of engine noise, but the other positives outweigh it in many ways. If the show still works – which would be another positive – then we’re moving in the right way.”

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