Why Formula E is streets ahead of F1 for carmakers

Why Formula E is streets ahead of F1 for carmakers

Formula E is poised to overtake Formula 1 for manufacturer representation on its grid. DIETER RENCKEN says it's easy to see why after a weekend in the Paris ePrix paddock

During a visit to the Geneva International Motor Show - as a paying punter, not a wined-and-dined media member - it became apparent that motor manufacturers are, publicly at least, shying away from the bragging rights endowed by motorsport successes and usually seized upon by victorious brands, for both image purposes and as proof of engineering prowess.

The Volkswagen Group rolled out not a single competition car there, yet the VW roundel and Audi's Four Rings were on display - on a Formula E racer on performance partner Abt's stand. Indeed, FE cars outnumbered the various Formula 1 chassis on display, including historic grand prix machinery.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?

AUTOSPORT+

from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just

39c