Herbert on Formula E: Part 2

Johnny Herbert On Formula E Formula Future

In the run-up to the launch of the inaugural season of Formula E’s all-electric single-seater racing, Formula Future caught up with Formula One race winner and television pundit Johnny Herbert to gauge what the legend from an era bygone thought about motorsport’s latest craze.

After Tuesday’s Part 1, today we bring you the conclusion of the exclusive interview with the Formula One ace.

Formula Future:

Is the lack of noise an important factor in the survival of a racing series?

Johnny Herbert:

Although Formula One and racing in general have always been about big noise, engines becoming quieter is not necessarily such a big issue. Everyone will hear the screeching of the tyres and the energy harvesting going on under braking, and so on. And everybody can actually talk as the races go on! So there are a lot of positives and only one negative. 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.

Formula Future:

So the lack of noise could even be a good thing?

Johnny Herbert:

I think it could make the future of the sport. A lot of racing circuits have problems with noise nowadays. If you don’t have the noise, then we eliminate some problems – and that means there would be more racing going on.

Formula Future:

Will Formula E technology trickle down into other categories?

Johnny Herbert:

We already have some Formula E-esque technology in Formula One. I don’t see any reason why it won’t end up in the Porsche Supercup or Formula 3 or GP2. There are a lot of formulas that might use the technology and it could eventually end up like it is in modern road cars anyway, many of which have some form of alternative power.

Formula Future:

Would you be interested in driving a Formula E car?

Johnny Herbert:

I haven’t given it any thought as I’m quite busy at the moment It would be interesting, as I’m still a very competitive person! Maybe if it was a one-off race I might look at it.

Formula Future:

What chances does the series have of being successful?

Johnny Herbert:

I don’t know about the framework of the series, or how it is being funded. As long as those things are solid, there’s no reason why this series can’t be successful as long as the structure is there to enable it to breathe and grow and ultimately flourish. There are lots of good drivers in the fold, which is a good thing. Names are very important. The technology is not an issue as far as I’m concerned. It would be interesting to see these cars live, and I think this concept is the future.

Do you agree with Johnny Herbert’s opinions? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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