Some detractors thought it would be nothing more than a flash in the pan, while others labeled it a gimmick — but Formula E’s remarkable growth and popularity is proof that the sport is here to stay.
So much so that many have also predicted that the sport has even the potential to become a serious rival to Formula One.
Not that F1 boss Chase Carey sees the electric motor series as a serious threat.
“No, actually, it certainly wouldn’t be Formula E,” Carey said. “I think Formula E is a very different vehicle today, largely a social cause and, you know, it’s a street party.
“I think we compete with everything out there. I mean, certainly other sports but other events and I think it’s important that we make our sport everything that makes it special. It’s a unique sport that combines technology and sport, it’s a sport that shocks your sense