Let’s Discuss Formula E Attack Mode: Video

JAN 25 2019 BY MOTORSPORT.COM 1

ABB FIA Formula E’s Mario Kart-inspired attack mode race format system has been a notable feature of both of the opening two rounds of the 2018/19 season.

In Saudi Arabia, the teams tackled the system for the first time, with the activation zone’s placement more of a talking point ahead of the race than how it impacted on the racing in the full event.

But last time out in Marrakech, the attack mode contributed to a highly-dramatic and multi-layered race, with various approaches and tactics being deployed by drivers up and down the field.

The system has been well received by many drivers and FE paddock observers, but still attracts plenty of criticism over its nature and complexity.

Glenn Freeman, Alex Kalinauckas and Scott Mitchell discuss the system’s effectiveness and compare it to other overtaking aids in motorsport – including Formula 1’s DRS – and consider the reasons why attack mode is well suited to FE.

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From article: “…compare it [FE Attack Mode] to other overtaking aids in motorsport – including Formula 1’s DRS…”
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FE should remove Attack Mode and FanBoost because those features diminish the spirit of raw competitive car racing.

FE Attack Mode provides the least performing drivers (those trailing in the back) the most use benefit while the lead drivers effectively receive a net use penalty because it’s use costs the lead drivers loss of front position. So Attack Mode basically is a feature that somewhat levels the playing field between best performing drivers vs. worst performing drivers. The result is that FE will have a hard time recruiting and retaining drivers that are motivated by raw best-driver-wins competitive spirit.

On the other hand F1 DRS when used provides an equal benefit to all drivers be they in a lead or back position… so yes F1 DRS is an “overtaking aid” but it’s use is equally beneficial to all drivers… that’s a huge difference from FE Attack Mode in the eyes of truly competitive drivers.

And FE providing the most socially popular driver an edge with FanBoost perhaps is the ultimate anathema to the very top competitive drivers.