Assault Mode Is Precisely What Formulation E Wanted

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Audi crew principal Allan McNish reckons ABB FIA Formulation E’s assault mode idea supplied the “mix-up” the collection wanted on its on-track debut on the Advert Diriyah E-Prix.

The system, which raises energy ranges from 200kW to 225kW for set durations of time after drivers have travelled by means of an off-line zone, was used for the primary time throughout final weekend’s 2018/19 season opener in Saudi Arabia.

McNish, who’s drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi rose from 12th and 18th on the grid to complete eighth and ninth on what turned out to be a disappointing day for the reigning FE groups’ champion squad, mentioned that “from a racing perspective it was fairly fascinating”.

“Watching when [drivers] used it, individuals have been really getting overtaken then having to battle again and issues like that,” he informed Motorsport.com.

“So it does create a bit of little bit of a mix-up, which is in the end what Formulation E have been searching for.

“That’s by no means a nasty factor as a result of I do consider that overtaking is a skillset a driver must have and so subsequently we noticed some guys performing some fairly sturdy overtaking manoeuvres.

“[Venturi driver and FE rookie] Felipe Massa considered one of them, he was getting fairly sturdy. He’s 37 years previous he needs to maintain it cool!

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“However it did supply up these types of alternatives, so it’s one thing that I feel we are able to develop as we go on, with the opposite aspect of it [was that] it was fairly clear you can observe carefully once more.

“There are components of it the place the racing’s nonetheless sturdy, nonetheless fairly elbowy, and that’s not a nasty factor.”

Following the Advert Diriyah race, FE CEO Alejandro Agag mentioned that elevated energy is among the many minor adjustments the championship is contemplating making to the assault mode system.


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