The future of motor racing has always been a rather murky thing, especially when it comes to Formula One. Whilst the future technologies and innovations are always an exciting prospect, it seems like every month of the season brings another feud, dispute or conflict of interest to the fore.
At the moment, Fernando Alonso is stealing headlines with his not so affectionate comments about Formula One regulations, but there is also gossip regarding the tense relationship between Honda and the McLaren team. All of this has been somewhat overshadowed this month by the tragic death of French driver Jules Bianchi after a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.
At times like these, it can be difficult to determine which direction the sport is going to move in, and what kind of developments fans should expect to see in the next five to ten years. However, there is one trend thatis set to make a splash in October of this year, after the start of the second Formula E season.
It is time to take a look at some of the developments and innovations that could stand to make a huge impact on the future of motor racing.
The rise of Formula E
In 2013, plans for a remarkable all-electric racing series were unveiled, alongside the first electric race car to be designed and created for the event. Whilst it might have looked as if it was born to take its place on the Formula One grid, this car was the beginning of the Formula E Championship, which is now gearing up for its second season.
With stellar drivers such asProst, da Costa, Piquet Jr and di Grassi all taking part in the 2014-2015 season, it can hardly be argued that there is no prestige in electric racing. The sport itself is very different though, and drivers have to switch more than just their wheels during a pit stop – in fact, they have to switch to a whole new vehicle in order to keep running.
Making Formula Onesafe for drivers
The recent death of Jules Bianchi is bound to get people talking about the safety of the sport once again, as every high-profile crash should. Whilst Bianchi was the first driver to be fatally injured during a World Championship event in over two decades, his untimely passing has made it clear that there is always more to be done when it comes to safety.
Whether or not the death of Bianchi will lead to a comprehensive review of the sport’s safety, as brought about in 1994 by Max Mosley, is yet to be determined. The former FIA President set up a special panel designed to investigate the sport following the death of Ayrton Senna at Imola. It is remembered as one of the most important Max Mosley appearances and decisions to date.
It is difficult to argue with the presumption that Formula E is going to have a big impactoverall. Its power lies in the fact that fans and experts are shocked to see the Formula E Championship running so smoothly and offering so many exciting moments – perhaps now is the perfect time to start questioning our preconceptions regarding electric motoring.