The paradox that could fix F1's biggest flaw

The paradox that could fix F1's biggest flaw

The announcement that Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi was becoming CEO of Roborace raised eyebrows - why would a racing driver want to run a series that could make people in cockpits obsolete? He explains his vision, and an unexpected new direction for Roborace

Lucas di Grassi is a smiler, always has been. Never have the smiles been broader than when he scaled another motorsport height - whether winning the Macau Formula 3 classic, claiming yet another GP2 win, being announced as a Formula 1 driver for Virgin Racing, winning in the World Endurance Championship or Formula E for Audi, or clinching the FE title this summer.

That last accolade was a particularly sweet moment for the 33-year-old Brazilian, for he had previously driven in GP2 (pictured below) - and developed the Gen2 2008-10 GP2 car - for FE founder Alejandro Agag, who recognised his technical, analytical and tyre development skills, and went on to contract him as a test driver for the nascent FE project.

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