Antonio Felix da Costa of BMW received the primary race of the period Gen2 FE from pole place on the opening of the 2018/19 season in Saudi Arabia.
He’s overtaken throughout the race by Jean-Eric Vergne's DS Techeetah, however the defending champion should then serve a drive-through penalty for exceeding the utmost energy restrict.
It was understood that the drivers had been pushing laborious all over the race. Though the power ranges had been offset by a late interval of security automobiles, it was steered that the automobiles may have traveled the flat distance even with out this intervention.
The motive force of the Audi di Grassi, who completed ninth at Advert Diriyah, stated that the lack of the power administration aspect throughout the race may additionally give place to much less entertaining races.
"What we had in Formulation E is that power administration performs an essential function within the racing technique," he instructed Motorsport.com .
"So you would use extra power at first; you would use extra power ultimately.
"However if you happen to go all out, everybody does the identical factor.This reduces the race capability, the unpredictability of the race."
Nevertheless, Da Costa stated that flat racing is what FE ought to intention for, not solely to problem drivers, but additionally to ship a wider constructive message about electrical automobiles.
"It's cooler, we're going again to a run with out momentum," he stated.
"[The Ad Diriyah race] was quite a run from begin to end and no change of automotive.
" Your focus, particularly on a runway like this, should even be a bit larger.
"We needed to convey the message that electrical automobiles have the chance to make a full race with out having to be traded."
Further report by Andrew van de Burgt