Another problem with Formula E

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Yes, there is more to complain about the FIA Formula E Championship after its double-round in New York a fortnight ago.  This stems from a bizarre ruling which saw Nick Cassidy relegated to the rear of the grid after setting the fastest time in qualifying for Race 2. 

Cassidy (Envision Racing) was stripped of Pole Position after his car was found to have an infringement following overnight repairs.  The repairs resulted from a deluge of rain that hit the end of the first race on Saturday, bringing out the red flag. 

Cassidy aquaplaned off into the Turn 6 barrier and was followed in by Lucas di Grassi and Stoffel Vandoorne, both hitting the stranded Envision car and causing significant damage – requiring a completely new car to be built overnight for the second race.

Nick Cassidy (NZL), Envision Racing, Audi e-tron FE07 Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), ROKiT Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02

Cassidy took pole then was hit with a 30-place grid penalty after taking a new battery and associated cooling components.  Now this is when it gets even more bizarre.  As there is only 22-cars (including Cassidy’s) on the grid, it was determined that the full penalty could not be served, hence Cassidy had to complete it with a drive-through penalty for nine untaken grid places.

It simply doesn’t makes sense. How can Formula E maintain any sort of credibility with such rulings?

Cassidy wasn’t happy saying. “I don’t agree with the penalty. If you change battery due to a fault of your own, you get a whatever penalty. I mean, I was in a wall, front on and I’ve been hit by two other cars through no fault of my own, damaged my battery and I’ve been penalised for it.” He makes a fair point!

I still maintain that there are only 22 people on this earth who are truly passionate about Formula E, and they are paid very handsomely to drive these cars.

So ‘Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today….’

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