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Formula E series welcomes ex-Formula One stars

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The inaugural season of the highly-anticipated Formula E series begins this weekend In Beijing, China.

The series consists of ten rounds and is the first racing series to feature fully electric racing cars. Each team will run two drivers who each have two cars.

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Economic rival

Formula E was instigated as an economic rival to Formula One, which is coming under increasing pressure due to its vast economic footprint.

It is being built up as the future of motorsport and it has certainly caught the attention of the motorsport world as we approach the first race.

High profile stars

One way in which it has been able to promise so much interest is by the driver line-up it has been able to attract. Many high profile drivers have been willing to get involved with the revolutionary project due to its positive values. 

The Formula E grid, though not fully complete as yet, boasts 11 drivers who have previously raced in Formula One, along with others who have testing experience. 

Formula One veteran and race winner Jarno Trulli has not only supported the series by driving in it, but he also has his own team.The 40-year-old who enjoyed a long period with the Toyota team in F1 will be hoping his experience can help him adapt to the new style of car.

Formula One veterans

Another driver who will feature who has enjoyed life at the front in Formula One is the German Nick Heidfeld. The 37-year-old, who made it on to the podium no less than 13 times in F1, will be racing for the Venturi team. 

Other exciting drivers include the former Toro Rosso pair Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi. Both were dropped from the team, though they did not perform too badly at all in their time. 

Bruno Senna brings a name of real note to the series, of course the nephew of the great Ayrton. He will be partnering Karun Chandok for the Mahndra racing team. Another famous name is that of Nelson Piquet Jr. His time in Formula One ended controversially but he will be aiming to restore some credibility to his name with China Racing. 

Lucas di Grassi and Jerome D'Ambrosio are two names who featured recently, though briefly, in Formula One while Frank Montagny's name may not be so easy to remember. Takuma Sato, who raced with the Super Aguiri team in Formula One for three years along with Honda, will feature for the Amlin Aguiri team.

The ex-Formula One men will be joined by two ladies in the field while there is also room for the former Mercedes F1 test driver Sam Bird.

It is a series which, if nothing else, has good intentions and with the names it has been able to collaborate already it proves it has a serious long-term mentality to succeed. It will not emulate the classic and noisy race spectacle we are used to, but the alternative will certainly be interesting and at least environmentally friendly.

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