Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
So here we go with round two being held on the 22 November from Putrajaya in Malaysia.
More details can be found at the official Formula E website here >>> http://www.fiaformulae.com/
The track layout can be found here >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_P...iewer/File:Litar_jalan_daripada_Putrajaya.svg
Coming at a time when there has been growing discontent among race fans with Formula One, perhaps the hype surrounding Formula E has been greater than would have been expected. As start up series go, F-E had some novel features (perhaps a few that were too novel as well) that got people talking and added to the general interest.
So what did we learn from the first round in Beijing back in September (yes it really was that long ago) ?? Well, firstly, the cars look slow, really slow, it was only when Prost and Heidfeld decided to put on a last lap victory dance that we gained any real impression that they were moving at all.
This could have been down to the race coverage, camera angles and lack of a known reference to gauge how quickly they were moving. The track also didn't help matters being all right angled corners with a little nobbly bit here and there.
Thankfully the track in Malaysia looks far more interesting. We shall see if this has any effect on the racing but it could and should be better than Beijing.
We've also seen that F-E cars can actually overtake each other which is a bonus. Franck Montagney in the Andretti car made himself the hero of the race with his journey through the field which certainly gave viewers the impression that the series was not all lost on the entertainment front.
The fan boost gimmick continues with fans able to vote for who they would like to award the much coveted boost in power via the website. Let's just hope we actually get better info-graphics this time so we can actually see when and where it was used.
Let's be honest, there were a number of things wrong with Formula e including the totally pointless warm up lap, the e-J, the slow looking cars, the dull track and the potential of the rapid pit stop change of cars being ruined by a safety rule that creates a minimum time for a car change.
The coverage from ITV left a massive amount to be desired as well.
Hopefully a number of creases have been ironed out since that first race because after all, that was surely the point of the long gap between the two.
The big question remains though, how many people are willing to give the series a second chance ??