Five electrifying reasons why you can't afford to miss Formula E Season Six
Within the five seasons held in the series so far, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has gained quite a reputation for having some of the most tense, close and quite chaotic racing available in top level motorsport. On top of that, thanks to the dependency on an all electric setup to power the cars in question and the locations of the races, the series is growing in following and fan numbers by the race, so here is five reasons why you seriously cannot afford to miss the upcoming season, which is promising to be the best season yet.
1. The Manufacturer Interest
Audi's Lucas Di Grassi leads DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne, 2019 NYC E-Prix. © FIA Formula E.
As mentioned above, one of the reasons why Formula E has taken off so quickly in the series' five year's of existence so far is the attraction it gloats to major car manufacturers across the globe. Formula E cars are entirely electric, powered by motors and a battery, so the sport is used, in essence, by manufacturers as a test bed to develop what will eventually become the motors that will power their road going vehicles in a few years' time, all in the name of racing, speed and glory. It's a win-win right? The biggest of manufacturers certainly think so, with Audi, BMW, Nissan and DS Automobiles all getting involved within the series in the five seasons so far. For season six, German giants Mercedes and Porsche make their much anticipated introductions into the series, joining home rivals BMW and Audi on the grid for the new season.
2. The Wealth of Drivers
(L-r) Oliver Turvey, Alex Sims, Sam Bird, Oliver Rowland and James Colado. © FIA Formula E.
In other major racing series, such as F1 for example, you have a field of drivers that are only consigned to racing in their particular category. A characteristic of Formula E from the beginning is the variety of drivers it attracts into competition. For this coming season for example, you have drivers such as; Ferrari GT driver James Calado (Jaguar), former WEC champion Brendon Hartley (Dragon Racing), former Ferrari F1 driver Felipe Massa (Venturi), current Formula 2 champion Nyck De Vries (Mercedes) and 10 time Macau winner Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) to name a few on the season six grid. The variety in the backgrounds of the drivers often leads to some surprising and rather noticeable driving differences up and down the grid.
3. Amazing Locations
Racing in the streets of Paris. © FIA Formula E.
Another main ambition of Formula E thanks to it's zero emission race cars is the idea of bringing the race to the fans as opposed to making fans travel to circuits, as Formula E opts where it can to use makeshift circuits from city streets and centres from across the globe. Understandably, as the seasons went on, some circuits and locations were met with controversy and criticism (remember Battersea Park? Eh, yeah.), but the idea as a whole brings some interesting and challenging circuits, completely unique to Formula E. In season six, Formula E makes a return to cities like New York, Paris, Berlin, Riyadh and London, with the series in the past visiting other major locales such as Montreal, Buenos Aires, Beijing and Miami in the past.
4. Ultra Close Racing
Because the powertrain and a select few other components are the only things that can be supplied by teams and manufacturers and other components such as the chassis are the same across the board, the overall competitiveness amongst the teams is super close. Whether it's a manufacturer team such as Audi or Nissan or a customer team such as Virgin or more recently Venturi, all of the teams are more or less in direct competition with each other. Sessions such as qualifying and the following super pole shootout almost always guarantees a mixed field each race, while it's becoming some sort of an annual trend to see all teams on each other tails going into the first race of the season. This year, thankfully is no different, with all twelve teams within a second of each other leaving Valencia. When was the last time that happened in F1?
5. Carnage and Unpredictability!
Probably one of the biggest, if maybe slightly accidental, characteristics of Formula E is the unpredictability and sheer chaos each race and season brings. Out of the first five seasons so far there has been four different driver and team champions, with as many as nine winners from thirteen races, and in all five seasons, the title has came down to the final weekend every time. Racing is lenient and the odd unintentional bump and scrape is overlooked, allowing drivers to be brake and attack when they feel the need to leading to bold overtakes, crazy coming togethers and last year, even the odd first lap pile up! It's bonkers to say the least, but still ultra competitive and fun to watch.
Make sure you do not miss the first race of the season, the Diriyah E-Prix, which takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of November.