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Mercedes domination gives Formula E the perfect opportunity

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Formula 1 has always been an exciting sport, full of excellent drivers, overtakes and, perhaps the most exciting part for fans, lots of crashes.

The 2008 season saw Lewis Hamilton become the youngest ever world champion with an exciting last race in which his McLaren won the title by just one point after close competitor Felipe Massa won the final race in Brazil.

The 2010 season is also worth mentioning; in a year where Hamilton's record was beaten by Sebastian Vettel who also won on his final race, edging the championship by a mere four points.

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For many fans of the sport these close fought battles between the teams seem to be fading away, and while there is no doubt that both Ferrari and Williams are strong, they are no match for Mercedes.

The sport seems to unfortunately be less equal than before, and much more predictable with only four teams in the top eight, and each team driver one place behind the other.

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The repetitive results in Formula 1 have opened up an opportunity for the newly formed Formula E to expand its fanbase. This year's season had a thrilling finale, with three drivers separated by just 11 points, and the top two only by one.

What does Formula E offer?

The sport doesn't just boast an amazing competitiveness, with the top three drivers driving for different teams, but also exciting quirky rules to shake things up a bit.

The fan boost, for example, allows the fans to vote for their favourite driver, with the top three receiving an added boost in the race which they can use in order to overtake or even set a fastest lap.

The point system also adds a new fight to the races, awarding the driver who qualifies on pole with an extra three points, while the one who gets the fastest lap will gain two points.

And if you're not swayed by that then the inclusion of female drivers could do the trick. Formula has predominantly been a male sport, but Formula E has seen three women drive the circuits over the course of this season.

How Formula 1 will deal with this

While Formula 1 certainly hasn't lost it's spark completely, it's not hard to imagine that Formula E could challenge the sport in terms of popularity.

However, despite the negative aspects I have mentioned there is good news for many fans as refuelling is set to return in the 2017 season as well as louder engine noise, two things that it's electric counterpart will be unable to match.

Formula 1 fans, what do you think of Formula E? Could it become more exciting than Formula 1?

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