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.”