Forgiveness please, as you no doubt already know I am a day late and a dollar short on my reporting of last week’s fourth round of the Formula E racing series. But I *was* at the undoubtedly more important Detroit Auto Show, and it’s hardly my fault that the FIA decided to schedule the race the same day as the industry’s largest car show. It’s a shame too, because the Buenos Aires round of racing was arguably the most exciting yet.
The day would ultimately belong to Antonio Felix da Costa, who slowly worked his way from 8th place on the starting grid and into first, passing previous winners like Sebastian Buemi and Lucas de Grassi, both of which retired early with suspension problems. Other favorites, like Nicolas Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr., had to settle for second and third place respectively after several competitors were knocked out either for mechanical problems or with penalties (Nick Heidfeld blew the lead by speeding through pit lane).
Though the Qualcomm-powered BMW i8 pace car was deployed a few times (and left drivers confused at times), there were no big wrecks like in previous races, but just a few small snafus that took drivers out of contention. There were however several leader changes, previous races where one driver dominated the field. It seems that the racers are growing more comfortable with their electric race cars, and are pushing them further and faster.
That means even better racing action, which is drawing new car and tech companies to the second season of Formula E…and we all love that.