Paris ePrix – Lucas di Grassi has called for further changes to be made to Formula E’s FanBoost and for a more challenging formula.
It is not the first time the Brazilian has requested for changes to be made to the FanBoost system, as he suggested that only social media votes should be counted at the end of last season as teams were allegedly buying votes.
“We have to improve FanBoost, strategy and a lot of different factors that can make racing more interesting, more difficult and more open to all drivers to have the possibility to win it,” he said.
“One idea I had that has already been put forward to the Formula E organisers is FanBoost should be a cumulative amount of seconds.
“So 100 or 1000 votes gives you one second of FanBoost and that’s added up into a year’s worth of FanBoost. So you can use all the FanBoost you want in one race, you could use half, a little bit every race.”
While di Grassi’s previous comments were about the voting, the ABT driver now feels that FanBoost should be something that every driver receives, and the number of votes received determines how long you can use it for.
“FanBoost should be cumulative and not only the top three drivers. Everybody who is voted for should get it,” he stated.
Di Grassi also said that he would want a delay to be put on FanBoost if his proposed idea was implemented:
“If you do this change, then I would also put a delay of five seconds on FanBoost. So if somebody is using it, and you realise the guy is using it, it’s too late for you to react.”
But di Grassi believes that further improves to the sport in general, backing the ideas of a new race format and a limitation, or complete ban, on team radio in a bid to make the sport more challenging.
“Formula E has to come up with a better weekend overall. I think the format of free practice, qualifying and the race that is used now is good enough for Season Three, but has to be improved.
“Jerome [D’Ambrosio] gave the idea for banning or limiting the radio communication between team and drivers, so drivers have to make the decision on their own: how much energy they spend, which strategy they take, which I think is more positive and is more difficult.
“Formula E is not traditional motorsport, and should not be treated as traditional motorsport. We have to be aggressive, to create more entertainment for the fans that come to the races.”