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Unplugged Podcast: Season Five Mid-Season Review (4.7.19)

Sam Smith and Ryan Myrehn recap the first half of the Formula E season…

On this edition of the Unplugged Podcast, Sam Smith and Ryan Myrehn recap the first half of the ABB Formula E season including a team-by-team review and get you caught up on the latest news from the paddock.

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    April 7, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Been missing this podcast Sam. Great to see it back and hope to see more episodes soon!

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      Sam Smith

      April 8, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Many thanks. Hopefully we can get some backing soon and make it more regular.

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    Chris Llana

    April 7, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Another great podcast! Thanks! Hopefully the slew of disruptive changes made to the races this season will not destroy the series. I suspect the race organizers believe that spectators want to see more risky, aggressive physical contact between the drivers (crashes), but the real attraction is the car technology, and above that, the world-class level of drivers on the grid. If the top drivers are unhappy and frustrated, they will leave. Personally, I like to see interviews of happy drivers who enjoy the racing and camaraderie.

    Changing the race length from laps to time appears to have changed the whole nature of the races, for the worse (if it wasn’t broken…). Changing qualifying groups to put the fastest drivers toward the back of the starting grid does create drama (through havoc). And the attack mode gimmick has also proven to create physical contact. The fact that use of the attack mode is mandatory implies that the drivers would not use it if it wasn’t. Why not just say drivers can use it as often or as little as they want, and see what happens.

    Let’s hope the people who introduced all these “clever” features are not so pig-headed that they refuse to make changes. And hopefully there will be a drivers’ association with real clout, so we don’t continue to have a third of the field crashing out of the races.

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      Sam Smith

      April 8, 2019 at 4:57 am

      Thanks Chris. You are right in that some people want to see more ‘havoc’. Personally I think there can be a good balance. Also not sure that the timed race really works. We need some efficiency races soon but I expect Rome (weather and SC’s depending) to be one.

      Let’s give the powers that be credit for innovation on Attack Zone which I think largely works very well. Some fine tuning needed but on the whole it is a great addition.

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