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Featured Heidfeld: FE Could Become F1 Stepping Stone

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Bethonie Waring, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. Bethonie Waring

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    Heidfeld Formula E.jpg Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld doesn’t see Formula E as a “genuine” alternative to Formula One, but thinks FE could one day be a stepping stone into the championship.

    Heidfeld originally thought FE would attract drivers like himself: older drivers who have had a less than successful Formula One career. And many ex-F1 drivers, such as Lucas Di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jnr, have taken to the all electric series. But more and more younger drivers are being attracted to the series now.

    “Given, the arrival of talented youngsters, for example, my teammate, Felix Rosenqvist, I think that if it’s not quite a genuine alternative, it is definitely an important outlet for those who, possibly for financial reasons, don’t have a genuine chance of making it in F1,” Heidfeld said.

    “Furthermore, to establish yourself in Formula E, not only do you need to have speed, pure and simple, you also need to be quick-thinking, so as to manage the available energy as well as possible. Of course, these skills also make the difference in F1, which indicates that our championship can begin to be also considered as a stepping stone in the development of a career.”
    Heidfeld believes the challenge of driving on street circuits could be one of the attractions to drivers. Formula E is almost exclusively a street circuit series which has caused problems in the past both for organisers and for fans who have difficulties finding a good viewing point at some series. For now, though, street circuits are to stay in the championship, which Heidfeld sees as one of the draws of the series.

    “If you ask a Formula 1 driver which are his favourite tracks, the overwhelming majority will go for the street circuits, apart from the two “sacred monsters” of Spa and Suzuka,” he said. “Well, in Formula E, we race almost exclusively on temporary tracks in the heart of a cirty, where there are virtually no escape roads, and the walls are always just centimetres away. They are really fun tracks and on top of that, there’s the difficulty of learning them in a very short space of time given the programme on a race day.”
    Formula E will return after a long winter break in Buenos Aires later this month.

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    Do you see FE as a possible stepping stone? Is it for drivers getting into F1 or those leaving it? Let us know in the comments below!
     
  2. Paul Jeffrey

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    I used to like "quick Nick" in Formula One and always thought he was majorly underrated. Really did deserve more luck and a hat full of wins to his name. Ok he wasn't Vettel class, but the bloke always seemed bloody quick and smart with it too. Between 07 and 09 (iirc) he was great in the BMW Sauber.

    Would love to see him wrap up the FE title some day, and maybe get a decent LMP1 drive somewhere too.
     
  3. ThatRacingGuy

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    LMFAO, Stepping stone into F1? more like stepping off into FE
     
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  4. Bethonie Waring

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    It's interesting because whilst there are way more ex-F1 drivers than you'd find in a stepping stone, you've also got the likes of Rosenqvist (who is absolutely amazing) and Frijns. So I see it evolving to have more younger drivers as the series progresses.
     
  5. Paul Jeffrey

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    Who's also a sim racer!! :) Raced against him at the Sebring 12h last year :)
     
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  6. Leonardo Chaves

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    Thus far the new guys haven't been able to trash the "F1 rejects" (sorry if that sounds harsh), when a young guy from F3 beats the ex-F1 crowd we might see one of them going from F-E to F1.

    Ps:Rosenqvist was the one who finished second in the E-Race wasn't it?
     
  7. Bethonie Waring

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    Yup.
     
  8. Dave R

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    Formula E reminds me of MLS in the US. Where soccer players go to retire. I do enjoy Formula E, but don't see it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things honestly.
     
  9. ThatRacingGuy

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    @Bethonie Waring yeah that's a fair point great talents but they never had the $$$ to come into F1. I hate you pastor :p