Valencia E-Prix I (2021)
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FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.
Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair.
Nissan Formula E Sebastien Buemi says his retirement in the Valencia E-Prix was “tough” to accept after he was taken out by Porsche rival Andre Lotterer on the opening lap.
Antonio Felix da Costa says Formula E will be “the joke of the week” and has blasted FIA claims he could have changed the outcome of the Valencia E-Prix.
FIA director Frederic Bertrand hopes the controversial end to the Valencia E-Prix “will never happen again” but reckons it showcases “how difficult” it is to win in Formula E.
Nyck de Vries says Formula E is “not necessarily” to blame for the chaotic finish to the Valencia E-Prix on Saturday, as the majority of cars ran out of energy.
Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries scored victory in a farcical Valencia E-Prix in which half the field ran out of useable energy and were disqualified.
Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James has revealed that the input of one wrong number for a barcode is what cost Stoffel Vandoorne pole position in the Valencia E-Prix.
Stoffel Vandoorne has lost his pole position for the Valencia E-Prix after his Mercedes was found to be in breach of Formula E and FIA tyre regulations.
Mercedes snared its third Formula E pole of the 2021 season as Stoffel Vandoorne topped qualifying ahead of the first Valencia E-Prix while points leader Jaguar faltered.
BMW Andretti racer Maximilian Gunther extended his mini run of form at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo by topping the morning practice running ahead of the Valencia E-Prix.
Lucas di Grassi says he lobbied the FIA to modify the Formula E attack mode system to reduce car power should a driver break track limits during the Valencia E-Prix.
Formula E drivers are expecting the Valencia E-Prix double-header to be the most difficult round in the history of the championship and to resemble a peloton in a cycling race.
Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has called for the series to “never come back” to the Valencia circuit ahead of the double-header event at the venue this weekend.
Jaguar Racing recruit Sam Bird reckons Formula E should install barriers for its first race on a permanent circuit at Valencia to stop drivers "taking the mickey" over track limits.