The current Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has become the fifth winner of the 2017/2018 season and believes the electric series is even more competitive than it looks.
“The format is obviously very different to Formula One, but it is a real championship and the field is very competitive – every week ten or fifteen drivers could win the race” – he said ŚwiatWyścigów.pl. “It is more competitive than [F1], where you cannot win if you are not in one of the top three teams. It is sad and I wish the drivers like Charles [Leclerc] or Carlos [Sainz Jr] could fight for the wins if they do a good job, but that’s highly unlikely due to the gaps between the cars”.
A series of technical problems meant that di Grassi haven’t scored a point in the first four races, but since then he has climbed to third in the standings: “We have lost a lot of points in the first races, but that’s bad luck. Since then we have fixed our problems and scored four second places in a row [and a win in Zurich], which has gained us a lot of points”.
Formula E has already unveiled its second-generation car that will race for the first time this December in Saudi Arabia: “The Gen-2 car has a much bigger battery, more power and is more aerodynamically efficient – it’s much better overall. I drove it a couple times and it’s very good”.
“In my opinion Formula E should stay on the street circuits for the time being, and in the future it should be mostly street circuits. It think it’s a good compromise – Formula One can race on the road courses and do what they want and Formula E can stay on the streets. I think the series will evolve very quickly and even the third-generation car can be faster than F1”.
From next season Brazil will have three representatives in the fields, as di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jr will be joined by Felipe Massa. Despite that, the country doesn’t feature on the calendar: “For now the [Brazil] race has been scrapped and I’m not aware of any future prospects. I am very happy that [Felipe] will come back to racing, as he is a good friend of mine and a fan of racing. We have often talked about Formula E and it will be good to have him around”.