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Rzadzinski Backs Possible I-PACE Format Changes

One of the leading I-PACE eTROPHY drivers is backing potential format changes…

Photo: TWR Techeetah

TWR Techeetah driver Stefan Rzadzinski believes that the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY should look at introducing an Attack Zone and address short braking zones for future seasons.

The Canadian, who scored a best ever eTROPHY finish of second in Paris last month, would back changes to the race format for future campaigns following the end of its inaugural season in July.

Jaguar Racing director James Barclay told e-racing365 last month that new race formats were being looked into for the second season of the championship in 2019-20.

“An Attack Mode would be good, or even just the use of a boost of some kind for ‘X’ amount of times per race that you get to calculate that use so you don’t use it at will,” Rzadzinski told e-racing365.

“It would just change the scenarios of the race a lot. Because right now I think you can drive in a certain way to be very difficult to pass and you don’t have to even go very quickly for that to be possible.”

Rzadzinski shares the views of many drivers in the new electric single-make championship that the race formats should be modified to bring more elements of unpredictability to races.

“I think a big enough change, whether it’s an Attack Mode, or it’s kind of like a ‘joker’ almost would be interesting,” he said.

“I would certainly be open to anything that we can do to spice it up a little bit without making it feel contrived. It’s got to be natural, it’s the same for everybody and it should be there I think.”

The TWR Techeetah driver also highlighted the braking capability of the I-PACE cars and how tweaks to this element of their performance could assist the racing.

“The brakes are so good in the I-PACEs, almost too good in a way, so the braking zones are too short, they are so short, so if we could have longer brake zones and potentially in turn more power, that could be good,” he explained.

“Maybe longer brake zones which give you more time to regen which maybe allow us to have more power, to be quicker on the straights.

“It would possibly help the passing, because right now they are so short, you brake so well, there’s just no time to get in there and get beside somebody.”

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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