Method E has moved to drop the format it has used for the reason that 2018/19 season, which positioned the highest runners within the championship within the unfavoured first group when the monitor circumstances are at their worst and commonly created topsy-turvy grids.
Following rising widespread criticism throughout a 2021 marketing campaign that lacked a transparent narrative, the collection organisers have responded with a Superleague Formula-style knockout qualifying format for 2022 that may take away the variable of monitor circumstances and permit the quickest drivers to contend for pole.
New Mahindra Racing recruit Rowland felt his one-lap tempo was masked by the earlier qualifying format, as he may break contained in the superpole solely six occasions in his final season with Nissan.
The Briton has welcomed the brand new format, and believes that the FE grid is so aggressive that there isn’t a danger of a single crew dominating the championship.
“The unpredictability was what they needed however sooner or later it is a little bit an excessive amount of whenever you’re speaking a couple of skilled FIA championship,” Rowland advised Autosport.
“I at all times had good velocity final 12 months. In free follow I used to be just about at all times within the prime 5, however going [on track] in Q1 meant generally I used to be beginning 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, which clearly wasn’t very best.
“I feel from knowledgeable sports activities degree it is the best factor to do. You need to be competing on a degree enjoying subject and we have already received extraordinarily shut vehicles and drivers, we simply do not want a qualifying and race system that favours sure individuals in sure positions.
“It must be as truthful as potential and we’ve got to be assured that the present that we are going to give will probably be attention-grabbing.
Oliver Rowland, Nissan e.Dams
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“I feel anyway Method E is so aggressive that you’ll by no means see somebody dominate the entire season such as you do in Method 1, it simply will not occur.
“Nonetheless, I do anticipate to see fewer winners. I feel the championship will unfold out. As an alternative of getting 14 individuals on the final spherical that might win it, I anticipate you go along with possibly two or three.”
The qualifying format isn’t the one main rule change for subsequent season, with FE not deducting the usable quantity of power from vehicles after each Security Automobile or Full Course Yellow Interval.
As an alternative, for each one minute spent in neutralised circumstances, 45 seconds will probably be added to the race time (45 minutes-plus-one lap for the standard race) – until the SC or FCY is deployed after the 40th minute of the race.
Rowland expects this may add one other strategic ingredient to races subsequent 12 months, particularly with most energy allowed elevated from 200kW to 220kW for the ultimate season of Gen2 guidelines.
“Once more, it is a good suggestion,” he mentioned. “We do not need to lose racing as a consequence of Full Course Yellow or security vehicles, so it is a good factor.
“Final 12 months in Valencia there was a little bit of a flaw [exposed] with the opposite system.
“It would change a little bit bit the dynamics of the championship additionally as a result of we’ve got increased energy modes this 12 months, that are going to emphasize the rear tyres extra.
“The administration of the batteries will probably be extra crucial when it comes to temperature administration since you are producing extra energy and you will be regenerating extra. So, I feel there may be going to be a little bit extra tactical aspect and clever considering concerned on this season.
“I am trying ahead to it, however as for the principles, I am onboard. it will be 45 minutes of racing after which further minutes if there’s a full course yellow or a security automobile.”