Mr Jani, ABB FIA Formula E is a relatively young discipline. In your opinion, what are the main differences to other championships like Formula 1 or FIA World Endurance Championship?
It starts on the organisational side: a Formula E race is a one-day event. This means that the free practice, the qualifying and the race itself all take place on the same day. And the track is also only set up for that day. So the drivers have the chance to practice and train on the track only on race day. It basically means that there is no home advantage in the classic sense with Formula E. The biggest difference though is the electric drive technology: energy management is turning into a critical success factor, and that's also what makes the races so exciting... some have to take their feet off the accelerator to save battery energy while others can still attack. So in a driving sense you have to think a lot and be good at tactical manoeuvring.
Driver or technology – what decides victory or defeat in ABB FIA Formula E?
Actually 80 percent of E race cars are technically the same – only the other 20 percent has individual potential for optimising. It increases the importance of the driving skills compared to the technological advantages. In terms of physical burden, the Formula E town or city circuits where we often have to do a lot of steering are extremely tough on the arms, so optimum mental and physical preparation for the race is a complete must.