Jamie Reigle opens up on what’s next for Formula E after season eight opener in Saudi



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Jamie Reigle opens up on what’s next for Formula E after season eight opener in Saudi

Formula E witnesses its eighth season opener on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, but questions remain on what the series wanted to become as the globe looks forward to “Race against climate change” regardless of views that who is fighting what.

Since Formula E’s inception back in 2015 in London, the series ventured out a misty route marred with regulatory storms as manufacturers vied to vent out a way to cope up with the world’s growing urge for a greener and low-carbon future with multiple environmental incidents over recent past suggesting that the climate change is here and the world must act to prevail further deterioration.

Contemplating that narrative, pressures on Formula E manufactures remained high to engender traditional motorsports experiences out of environment friendly vehicles, R&D of which have still many miles to go before maturation while answering a blazing question on what transmutation it wants to stem in future irrespective of the series’ FIA World Championship status.

Reigle opens up on his view on Formula E future

In a recent interview with ESPN, Formula E Chief Executive Reigle was quoted saying that the series has yet to build credibility in terms of achieving a top-tier spot. Besides, addressing to other practicalities that the Formula E has to grapple with, Reigle said, “We started as a vision of accelerating electric mobility in simple terms.

And we're the only sport that's founded with that sense of purpose ... we're using sport to inspire and tell stories around climate change, and all that good stuff. But the practical reality is we're at a maturity level now seven seasons in, we have to build a credible tier one-sport.

In 2014, when we started the business, the world wasn't looking for another motorsport. Most of those rounds were pretty well served. Equally, the world probably wasn't looking for another advocacy group. The magic is bringing them together in one kind of mix.

And then you had the regulatory side as well. Where the European Union in particular and governments around the world were starting to say 'ok, we're going to have to curb emissions. " If Formula E has to excel, it needs to yield something diverse, disruptive, inclusive, added Reigle.