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Continuous Appraisal in Formula E Race Running

Formula E race director Scot Elins talks about about series’ consistent improvement culture…

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Formula E’s sporting landscape is being continuously appraised and developed, according to one of the FIA’s key figures in the all-electric championship.

Race director Scot Elkins has told e-racing365 that openness and continual dialogue between stakeholders and the FIA, as the sanctioning body of the races, has a proactive outlook in the unique series.

“I think every race series does the same thing – sits down and does the review of what the previous season was like, what kind of changes could be made, what kind of changes maybe don’t need to be made, and I think the exact same thing happens here,” said Elkins.

“There’re various groups that work with the FIA, work with FE, think we’ve all heard of such as the Sporting Working Group, Technical Working Groups, things like that.

“So all these groups are looking at those type of areas now, to try to see what makes sense to make changes for. Everybody does a review and then everybody takes a look at it and then we kind of see what makes sense.”

Elkins, who was made permanent race director last season, concedes that work on next season’s formats and organization has already started.

Pioneering ideas are also cultivated in Formula E, something which Elkins considers as unique.

“The one thing about Formula E I think is different is that on the promoter side there’s a whole lot of openness – they’re willing to look at different things differently than I think traditional motorsports are,” Elkins explained.

“To me, that’s a real bonus to be able to go into that kind of thing at the end of the season – because obviously all of that starts to happen right now, starting to work on Season Six already.

“I think it’s cool that you can maybe have a different idea that you wouldn’t have thought about somewhere else.

“You can bring it here and at least it’s got to consideration whereas in many other places they ditch it, dismiss it. That’s unique about Formula E.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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