The delayed season seven of Formula E kicks off next weekend with a night-race double-header under apparently eco-friendly LED lights on a street circuit in Diriyah, Saudia Arabia, six weeks after the original opener in Santiago, Chile was lost to the coronavirus pandemic.
Do you care? If not, perhaps it’s time you did. From now on, the ABB-sponsored series joins the likes of Formula 1 as a pukka FIA world championship. To major car manufacturers and talented drivers who either hit the glass ceiling on the way up to F1 or were spat out after their grand prix careers floundered, Formula E has always mattered. But the new status has raised the stakes a notch or two as the series defies COVID to get rolling again.