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Five ways that make Formula E better than Formula One

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Quiet and slow may not be the two adjectives you would associate with a globally successful motorsport series, but to judge Formula E as those two aforementioned adjectives than its big cousin would be extremely unfair.

Formula E is growing, and for those watching it, it is easy to see why.

5. Relevant technology

Now Formula One has always developed new technology that we eventually see in our road cars (the list is endless) but Formula E can claim to be that bit more relevant.

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F1 may be full of hybrid engines and Energy Recovery Systems, but the technology is so complicated and fanciful that it may be years before we see it on the M1.

Formula E however, is far more simple. Electric performance powered by battery. Formula E will help the cars of tomorrow run faster and longer on electric power, and that's why so many manufacturers are getting involved.

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4. One day format

It's simple, Saturday gives you practice, qualifying and the race, all in one day.

The biggest benefit is to the paying spectators who attend the race, they get all the action on one ticket, rather than re-mortgaging the house for a three-day pass.

3. Fan interaction

For many years, Bernie Ecclestone has resisted fan interaction or a move towards the new digital world with F1.

In fact in 2014, the F1 boss was even quoted in Campaign Asia-Pacific as saying: "I'm not interested in tweeting, Facebook and whatever this nonsense is.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Qualifying

"I don't know why people want to get to the so-called 'young generation'. Why do they want to do that? Is it to sell them something? Most of these kids haven't got any money."

So that slur on the millennial generation aside, Formula E has bucked the trend. Strong social media coverage, easy press access for bloggers and Tweeters, an active YouTube channel, free live coverage via an App, fans up close at podium ceremonies and of course the innovative "Fan Boost" voting, where three drivers can access a short burst of extra power. Formula E has it right.

2. TV coverage

It's simple. Formula E is available on free-to-air TV via ITV4.

But there are other options too, download the free app and watch live, view on-line, watch highlights on YouTube, or even choose EuroSport or BT Sport coverage.

Mexico City Formula E - Race

1. Overtaking & close action

Whilst Formula One goes from think-tank to working group trying to find ways to promote overtaking, Formula E has it in spades.

From race one in 2014, to the latest race in Mexico, the overtakes and close action has been there for all to see.

Top name drivers, in equal(ish) cars, on tight tracks over short races promotes close racing and fantastic action.

Now don't get me wrong, Formula One always has been, and probably always will be the pinnacle of motor racing, but for those looking for something a bit different, Formula E is definitely worth a try!

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