Formula E race director Scot Elkins believes the professional connection between himself and drivers has been further strengthened as the Gen 2 era of the all-electric championship has begun.
The present season has seen a host of new technical and sporting criteria converge on the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and has on occasion caused friction between drivers and some officials in the series.
However, Elkins told e-racing365 that his continued open-door policy this season has made for constant communication with the drivers, and that the transition from Gen 1 to Gen 2 has been largely positive.
“I think we had a pretty strong relationship coming into the season anyway and I’d like to think that it’s because we try to make the briefings very transparent and very discussion-oriented,” said Elkins.
“Many times where we go to a driver briefing and I have an idea about something, we’ll talk through it and we end up doing something different.
“That happens quite a bit and I like the fact that this is the philosophy I want to carry into it. I think that aspect of it helps strengthen the relationship between the drivers and the race director.
“The fact that they know they can speak up and have a conversation, that they’re being listened to and that things do change, it’s not just a one-way street is good.”
Elkins first held the role of race director at the 2017 Paris E-Prix before being made the permanent race officiator later that year for the start of Season Four.
He now believes that the openness between the competitors and the FIA staff officiating at events has been positive partly because he is contactable between races on a variety of matters.
“I think that helps the relationship, honestly,” said Elkins.
“It’s even more open this year than it was last year because I’ve actually gone off and shared all my contact information with everyone so that they reach out to me directly.”
DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer believes that Elkins and his team have given the drivers an open forum to discuss the new sporting format and its intricacies this season.
“Like the drivers, the race director has big pressure and influence to manage the races,” Lotterer told e-racing365.
“Personally I think he is doing a really good job and with the nature of the races changing a bit with Gen 2 and the race format I think its handled pretty well.
“We have a good relationship with him and we can talk like adults, so there is a nice openness there which actually is quite rare, so it is healthy and I think stronger too.”