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Sebastian Vettel says Formula E 'not the future'

  • Published on 08 Dec 2017 10:49
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Sebastian Vettel says he has no interest in Formula E. The all-electric series has been increasing in popularity, and now has many car manufacturers, top sponsors and ex-F1 drivers on the grid.

But quadruple world champion Vettel insisted: "To me, this is not the future. E-mobility is currently very popular in the world, but anyone who is honest and identifies with motor racing does not think much of Formula E," he told the Swiss newspaper Blick.

"The cars are not very fast and many drivers who drive there tell me that the driving is not very exciting," the Ferrari driver added. (GMM)

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  • I agree with him. Electric cars are the future, that we pretty much know, but FE just didnt have a sufficiently strong release and the weak marketing didnt help. I just dont see it happen. You can have as many corporate mouthpieces blabbing about it being "the future" all you want, but it doesnt make it true. Pray tell, wasnt 3D TVs the future once? FE could have the full support of every car brand in the world, but if nobody watches it its futile.

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    • Dec 8 2017 - 11:32
  • RogerF1

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    Watched only a few, the most excitement is at the end hoping a leading racer gets a flat battery jusypt before the line. Wonderful. Politicians will push developed nations into making it happen in some form or other even if they have to bail out manufacturers one way or another. But many many more models have to come to market of Jag iPace and Tesla performance with 500km range in the lower price brackets. For sure manufacturers will get rich quick as regulatory framework demands we all have to buy EV or Hybrid in the the years to come. Sorry, got on a soapbox there, not much to do with F1.

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    • Dec 8 2017 - 11:54
    • An EV series could very well become the race series of the future. But I dont think FE is the one. It was released at the wrong time, with wrong marketing and with a weak debut. There is likely no saving that. Chances are EV F1 will be a better series, when that time comes.

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      • Dec 8 2017 - 19:56
  • xoya

    Posts: 583

    Yeah right...
    Maybe not the near future, but 40-60 years from now?

    Well, I guess that's what people said about cars in general back in 19th century.

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    • Dec 8 2017 - 13:47
  • f1dave

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    Most boring series ever.

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    • Dec 8 2017 - 15:39
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    Give it time. ICE engines will not receive anymore major development. Isn't running out of charge the same as running out of petrol? I think it will be an succes and a driver who already commits to saying that is effectively saying that he doesn't want to drive in that series. Good racing is still good racing. That series will improve as soon as battery recharge improves.Time will tell.

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    • Dec 10 2017 - 07:47

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