Villeneuve slams Formula E: 'Nobody wants to see it!'

Friday, 21 december 2018, 10:26 , by Matthew Scott

Former Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve has offered a withering review of Formula E, suggesting "nobody wants to see electric racing" and claiming that FE weekends make little to no impact on the F1 paddock, despite the series' growing popularity.

The fifth FE season began in Saudi Arabia last week, with fresh interest in the competition brought by a second-generation car and the debuts of big names such as Felipe Massa and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Season-four champion Jean-Eric Vergne was recently ranked as the third best driver across motorsport by Autosport Magazine.

However, Villeneuve – who took part in two races for Venturi in 2015-16 – does not follow popular opinion that FE could become a serious rival to F1's popularity in the years to come.

"Nobody wants to see electric racing," Villeneuve told Automobile Magazine.

"The truth is, in the F1 paddock, nobody even knows when the Formula E races are on.

"I don't understand why they are pushing it so much. I think it's a niche thing.

"The die-hard fans are the only ones who really keep up with it.

"I did a couple of races in Formula E, and I was happy to do them because the technology was interesting. You have power, you step on the gas - well, I probably shouldn't say gas - you step on the pedal, and you go somewhere.

"But ultimately… I don't know."

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Comments (36)

  • Jamie Maine
    You can always count on Jacques to tell it like it is. Electric car racing is a joke, but they're shoving it down our throats just like 5G. There is always an agenda in play when illogical stuff like electric racing suddenly appears everywhere.
  • Jamie Maine
    You can always count on Jacques to tell it like it is. Electric car racing is a joke, but they're shoving it down our throats just like 5G. There is always an agenda in play when illogical stuff like electric racing suddenly appears everywhere.
  • Grant Townsend
    I watch it. It's not noisy, but it's not meant to be. And seeing as a lot of races take part in the off season of formula 1, why wouldn't I watch it? I'm a motorsport fan.
  • Jonathan Carre
    I bet half the paddock don't know when the BTCC races are on, does that make them boring too? The logic in his argument is seriously flawed.
  • Dan Dailey
    Great another motor/electric sport he can complain about. Why in the hell do we give this guy the time of day. Be constructive for once.
  • Gavan Mitchell
    The cars may not have the sound, but if I was given the choice to listen to Formula E or Villeneuve I know which one I’d pick.
  • Jeremy Dyer
    That's where you're wrong. I enjoy it and so do alot more people. Also, if you hate it so much, why did you race in it?
  • Leo Felten
    I love motor sports of all types I tried to watch formula e I lasted 20mins stupid rules Not that fast But mainly STUPID RULES
  • Paul Irishpaul Temple
    One of the major issues is the constant engine whine. Engines should roar not whine
  • Kevin Bennett
    If I wanted to hear sowing machines I would just go to the old age home
  • Richard Anderson
    They look shite and sound like an r/c car but if it floats your boat more power to you.
  • Brian O Donovan
    Sorry Jacques but your too fat to get into those cars
  • Rui Rocha
    Finally he is right about something whuaaaaahahaha
  • Tony Webb
    He's right - I've seen it, never again thanks
  • Keith Fox
    I think he meant ‘hear it’.. but otherwise ...
  • Mark Levett
    F1 ain’t really much better
  • Guy Fleshbourne
    Nobody wants to hear his opinion.
  • Christopher Thiesen
    Sooooo true !!!! Who cares about Formula E ?
  • Dom Vincent
    Why'd he race in it before then?
  • Kenneth Colby Graves
    When you’re right, you’re right.

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