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SBD Global/February 21, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Bernie Ecclestone Says FIA's New All-Electric Racing Series, Formula E, Is 'A Bit Of A Joke'
Published February 21, 2013
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KEEPING THE F1 FEEL: Formula E cars will look very similar to the single-seat, open-wheel F1 cars. The similarity between Formula E and F1 could become the new racing series’ downfall, as F1 is “moving to be a much more energy constraint series,” Neale said. “We move from V8 to V6 technology next year, direct injected, turbo charged and with a much more powerful energy recovery and energy storage system, which is much more relevant to the automotive manufacturers. We will continue to push in that direction, we will be limited on the amount of fuel flow that can happen.” While Neale does not see Formula E as a competitor to F1 in the short term, he said he sees “the nature of Formula E and the direction that Formula One is going as congruent.” Formula E is still a work and progress and nothing has been firmed up yet, however, the series has already two confirmed host cities, Rio de Janeiro and Rome, as well as one confirmed team, Drayson Racing. Lotus F1 Team Principal Éric Boullier said that it is too early to make any predictions, but “being involved in my previous life in many different racing series, I didn’t see many of them surviving, so let’s wait and see." Meanwhile, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag did not respond to requests for comment on Ecclestone's remarks or the latest plans for the series.