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Piquet Would Prefer Non-Brake-by-Wire FE Car

Nelson Piquet Jr. says his personal preference would be for manual brakes in S5…

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Nelson Piquet Jr. would prefer for drivers to use the skill of conventional braking in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season.

The Gen-2 car, which Piquet tested at Monteblanco in March, will utilize electronic braking with so-called brake-by-wire systems in Season Five.

The Season One Formula E champion says his personal preference is for manual braking but understands the track-to-road technological benefits of the technology being introduced in to the futuristic new design for next season.

“It will make the drivers’ life easier for sure,” Piquet Jr. told e-racing365. “But it is going to require more software, more engineering and more background work for the teams.

“Personally though, I wouldn’t mind leaving it as a manual system.

“But I think a key reason for the development of a brake-by-wire system is perhaps for it then being translated in a way to the road cars.

“However, as I said, it is going to involve more cost, more engineering and more software so there is good and bad I guess.”

Piquet also offered his opinion on the new Michelin tires for the fifth season of Formula E.

The French company will introduce a new spec all-weather product which will replace the existing Pilot Sport EV2 product range.

“[The Season Five tires] are much better,” he said.

“It is not that they are easier, but they have more grip, and more wear which means their characteristics are more like a normal [race] tire than the one we currently use.

“This current tire has a very low temperature working zone range that it operates in and if you over drive that you lose a lot of grip.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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  1. krisg

    June 7, 2018 at 7:36 am

    As I have been asking for a while, and for any championship, Michelin should make a push to use their Tweel technology in racing to accelerate development. Can’t wait for Tweel tyres to be available for road cars…

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