Formulation E keep away from F1-style controversy which noticed Lewis Hamilton lose title after race is ended behind security automotive

FORMULA E avoided an F1-style controversy in the Middle East after the Round 2 race in Saudi Arabia was ended behind the safety car.

Unlike bungling F1 race director Michael Masi, who fudged the outcome of the Abu Dhabi GP, his opposite number at the all-electric series, Scot Elkins, stuck to the rules as the race ended under yellow flags.

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Formula E driver Edoardo Mortara almost fell victim to same fate that befell Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Grand PrixCredit: GREGORY LENORMAND / Every Second Media / DPPI
But Mortara won round two of the Saudi race as officials stuck to protocol

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But Mortara won round two of the Saudi race as officials stuck to protocolCredit: GERMAIN HAZARD / Every Second Media / DPPI

Swiss racer Edoardo Mortara held on to win his third ePrix for the Venturi team, whose CEO, Susie Wolff is married to Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff.

Mortara said: “I am glad to bring the win to the team and I have now won three races.

“This was a strategic race. It was difficult for the nerves because I didn’t have much battery energy.

“It was the same for my colleagues around me, who tried to put me under pressure. But I tried to keep my head cool and it worked.”

The Abu Dhabi debacle – which resulted in Sir Lewis Hamilton being controversially pipped to a record-breaking eighth F1 title by Max Verstappen – is still being investigated by the FIA.

A statement on Saturday read: “At this stage, no decision has been taken on the outcome of the detailed analysis currently underground into the events of the last Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“As previously announced, the findings of this detailed analysis will be presented at the F1 Commission meeting in London on 14th February after an open discussion with all F1 drivers and then finally have to be approved at the World Motor Sport Council meeting on 18th March in Bahrain, under the authority of FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.”

Hamilton, 37, has remained tight-lipped since the race and reportedly won’t decide his future until the outcome of the inquiry is known.

But Williams team boss Jost Capito recons the seven-time F1 king should make way for a younger driver.

Capito told German outlet RTL: “I don’t care about it.

“I don’t really care whether he drives or not. [It’s] totally irrelevant, really totally irrelevant.”

Lewis Hamilton has yet to decide his future since being pipped to an eighth F1 title by Max Verstappen

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Lewis Hamilton has yet to decide his future since being pipped to an eighth F1 title by Max VerstappenCredit: PA

“They always say there are not enough places for young drivers and then I think, if someone has been World Champion seven times.

“He has actually done enough and could make room for a youngster, why not?”

The new F1 season, in which Dutchman Verstappen will bid to defend his controversially-claimed world title, will get commenced on March 20.

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NASCAR wants “F1-style method” to race weekends

Hamlin said his newfound interest in Formula 1 came from several of his friends, who paid attention, and by watching Drive to Survive, a popular documentary series produced in a collaboration between Netflix and Formula 1, to take a look behind the scenes series.

“I think I probably watched more this year [F1] Run as I’ve had all my life. Part of this is being driven by social media. My friends agree to it. You can see that the American press is paying more attention to the subject this year, ”Hamlin said.

“Of course, when you see a buzz or see something about it on social media, you kind of want to tune in and see what’s going on. That sparked my interest in it, more than anything. “

Hamlin said his involvement with Netflix in a documentary about driver Bubba Wallace and his first season at 23XI Racing, which Hamlin owns with NBA legend Michael Jordan, also encouraged him to try Drive to Survive.

“It definitely got me to see how they did the production and it certainly came over with some good storylines,” he said. “Sure, I’m a person who will morph into this show over time.”

Hamlin, who continues to battle to win his first championship this year, said NASCAR needed to find a way to make its race weekends more of a “show” and take advantage of the more competitive races in NASCAR.

“It’s crazy because you probably have a 90% chance of choosing which two guys will win [each F1 race]. This year was a little different with the madness, but there are two people who can win, two teams that can win, ”said Hamlin. “There isn’t a lot of side-by-side racing compared to NASCAR, but the fans and media love it.

“When you talk about how critical the fans or the media or whoever our race might be in NASCAR, that’s amazing what’s going on right now. The show is good. Why can’t we get people to vote?

“Texas was just a big disappointment to see what was going on in the stands, and yet we’re talking about the largest crowd in history showing up for the COTA F1 race next week. So there is some kind of breakup that is not making this deal work. “

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10 Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB15, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL34 and the rest of the pack tab the start

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport pictures

Of course there were several sold out and heavily attended NASCAR Cup races in the 2021 season, but the atmosphere that is created each weekend varies from track to track.

Several protocols remain in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the number of people in garages and on the pit lane prior to the races. With the exception of eight race weekends in the Cup series, there was neither training nor qualifying this year.

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Additionally, during the height of the pandemic, many sponsors reduced their on-track activation and not all returned to previous levels.

Hamlin believes NASCAR can learn something from how F1 can keep the “hype” around its events going even when the race is not as competitive on the track.

“I would love to see how we do a race weekend more F1-style and how we do hospitality, parties and all that stuff,” said Hamlin.

“There just has to be more to it than just showing up and racing like we’re doing right now.”

NASCAR wants an “F1-style strategy” to race weekends

Hamlin said his newfound interest in Formula 1 came from several of his friends who paid attention to it and watched Drive to Survive, a popular documentary series produced in a collaboration between Netflix and Formula 1, to take a look behind the scenes check out the sport.

“I think I’ve probably seen more (F1) races this year than in my entire life. Part of this is being driven by social media. My friends agree to it. You can see that the American press is paying more attention to the subject this year, ”Hamlin said.

“Of course, when you see a buzz or see something about it on social media, you kind of want to tune in and see what’s going on. That sparked my interest in it, more than anything. “

Hamlin said his involvement with Netflix in a documentary about driver Bubba Wallace and his first season at 23XI Racing, which Hamlin owns with NBA legend Michael Jordan, also encouraged him to watch Drive to Survive.

“It definitely got me to see how they did the production and it certainly came over with some good storylines,” he said. “Sure, I’m a person who will morph into this show over time.”

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Hamlin, who continues to battle to win his first series championship this year, said NASCAR needed to find a way to make its race weekends more of a “show” and take advantage of the more competitive races in NASCAR.

“It’s crazy because you know – you probably have a 90 percent chance of choosing which two guys will win (every F1 race). This year was a little different with the madness, but there are two people who can win, two teams that can win, ”said Hamlin. “There isn’t a lot of side-by-side racing compared to NASCAR, but the fans and media love it.

“When you talk about how critical the fans or the media or whoever our race might be in NASCAR, that’s amazing what’s going on right now. The show is good. Why can’t we get people to vote?

“Texas was just a big disappointment to see what was going on in the stands, and yet we’re talking about the largest crowd in history showing up for the COTA F1 race next week. So there is some kind of breakup that is not making this deal work. “

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10 Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB15, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL34 and the rest of the pack tab the start

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport pictures

Of course there were several sold out and heavily attended NASCAR Cup races in the 2021 season, but the atmosphere that is created each weekend varies from track to track.

Several protocols from the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place, limiting the number of people in garages and on the pit lane before the races. With the exception of eight race weekends in the Cup series, there was neither training nor qualifying this year.

In addition, many sponsors reduced their at-track activation during the height of the pandemic and not all have returned to previous levels.

Hamlin, 40, believes NASCAR can learn something from how F1 can keep the “hype” around its events going even if the race on the track is not as competitive.

“I would love to see how we do a race weekend more F1-style and how we do hospitality, parties and all that stuff,” said Hamlin.

“There just has to be more to it than just showing up and racing like we’re doing right now.”