Viewed as a way to encourage drivers to connect with the viewers (let’s not say fans just yet) I can see where they are coming from. F1 is a good example where access to the stars is not what it could be – take the V8 Supercars where the commentary team interview drivers as they do their slowdown lap after qualifying!
Bradley, my problem with it is that it is a completely unsporting gimmick. Therefore, if it has any impact on the racing at all (which is the whole point) it doesn’t belong in the series. Motorsport is not and should not be a popularity show masquerading as a talent show. It is a sport, and in sport fan support should only go as far as giving a psychological advantage, not a tangible one.
I was all set to give Formula-E a chance, regardless of having to change cars as a battery-endurance cop-out, I was still a wee bit excited in seeing a new set of races in some of the greatest cities on earth.
Battery powered single seaters should have been unique enough a niche for fans to watch at least one race.