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Buemi: "No championship has a brighter future"

  • Published on 05 Aug 2017 15:04
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  • By: Sam Gale

Sebastien Buemi reckons that no championship in the world has a brighter future than Formula E. it has become the place to be for major car manufacturers, with several huge names of motorsport joining the series, with many more rumoured to be joining the sport. Currently involved are Jaguar, Citroen, BMW and Renault with three German giants scheduled to join in the coming years in Audi, Porsche and current F1 champions Mercedes.

Buemi has been one of the top drivers in the Formula E since its inception, having won the most races in the series and been in contention for the championship until the final race for in each season, and winning in the 15-16 season.This year he was in contention until the final round and was favourite to win, but after he chose not to compete in new york and had a poor weekend in Montreal, he lost out to Di Grassi in the final round.

Despite missing the New York round to compete in the WEC, he says the championship does have an exciting future, saying: “It’s beyond any dreams for Formula E, It’s amazing news. Clearly [Mercedes and Porsche] it’s for Season 6, so we still have to do Seasons 4 and 5, but I think there is no championship in motorsport right now that has a brighter future."

He then went on to say how quickly the series has progressed from the start saying "as a driver, being part of it from the start, it’s amazing and it definitely shows that politically all the manufacturers are going in the same direction. Even two years ago I would not have expected that, so everyone should enjoy it because we have great cars, great venues and there are great manufacturers joining.”

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  • f1dave

    Posts: 752

    But still not worth watching.

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    • Aug 5 2017 - 20:07
  • for Engine Manufacturer's ? yes. Everyone else, No.

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    • Aug 6 2017 - 07:50
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    He would say that wouldn't he? Manufacturers only entering for R&D for their road cars, other than that they have no interest in any racing 'heritage'. No passion. At the end of the day, you are paying to watch a laboratory experiment.

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    • Aug 6 2017 - 13:52
    • F1 has been a laboratory experiment for 60 years. Electric cars are the future

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      • Aug 6 2017 - 18:21
  • Why the hatred? From a marketing and PR point of VIEW I would say they have surpassed F1. The way they engage with fans. The very interesting locations they race in. The availability of media. The racing is not as extreme, but on the other hand you never have a truly bad race like you do in F1. Is it a testing lab for manufacturers? Yes, so what?

    Honestly the only thing that doesn't make sense is for Buemi to skip s championship race for WEC. If anything that shows that drivers still don't take FE that seriously yet.

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    • Aug 6 2017 - 17:17
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    Racing will get better; Drivers will improve; Not sure about F1 future..

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    • Aug 7 2017 - 11:23
  • They'll all jump on the bandwagon to prove their ''green credentials'' only to leave when they find out nobody who's interested in Motorsport watches it and it's just a fad, in terms of racing anyway, while we are all going green, what they don't know is the price of petrol is about to crash and when this happens battery power will be much less in demand.

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    • Aug 7 2017 - 12:32
    • The truth is that hardcore petrol-heads are the minority. Most people are ok watching other categories as long as it provides a good racing and a great experience. I am a hardcore F1 fan, but there have been races where if competing for attention, I would have rather watch FE.

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      • Aug 7 2017 - 18:01
  • Im all for fun racing, Im all for electric and hybrids, but FE isnt fun to me. When I want to watch fun racing, I watch F1, WEC, Super GT, BTCC, or even DTM. FE doesnt do it for me. DTM is definitely on the decline, and Porsche leaving WEC now was a pretty bad blow (though not a fatal one, me thinks), but I never really hear anyone say they watch and like FE IRL, so I have a hard time believing that it is increasing in viewing.

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    • Aug 7 2017 - 18:28
  • Its about money. Why would VW group pay ~200Meuro on WEC when noone watches it? It's hard to spend more than 20M on FE and it's got more TV time that WEC. The fact the racing is rubbish when it's not on a city track is what they need to sort. BMW will get involved when it promotes the right message about electric cars, as the current car change mid race makes electric cars look like a joke. I think this year FE has started to lose its shineyness, hopefully another few manufacturers can pull in some interest.... but I'll believe it when I see it.

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    • Aug 7 2017 - 20:02

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