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Di Grassi recommends attack mode changes to police track limits

DI GRASSI Lucas (BRA), Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-ton FE07, portrait during the ABB Formula E Championship official pre-season test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on November 28, 29 and December 1 in Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Formula E driver Lucas Di Grassi recommends Attack Mode changes that will allow for better track limits policing.

The Audi driver suggested the creation of a “software” system that, using the sensors, would reduce the power of the car for 10 or 20 seconds. Di Grassi says this new system would also help in regards to clarity, helping remove the subjectivity, deletion of laps, and doubts on whether a driver goes over the white line or not.

“We have to stay within the white line,” Di Grassi told “Like we saw in Imola for F1 [last weekend], I don’t like these types of solutions.

“For me, I already said to the FIA, sent them a message and called some guys. I said, ‘Guys, we in Formula E have the unique opportunity. We have the sensor that is used for attack mode.

“You can create a software with the same loops but [place the gates] outside of the track. If you cross it, you reduce the power.

“You put that loop in the track limits, as soon as you touch it or go out, you can reduce the power for 10 seconds, 20 seconds. So, there is no need for subjectivity or deleting laps or ‘did the guy went or didn’t he?’

“[Presently] you have to look in the camera 10 times and make a decision with the stewards 10 minutes later. For me, it’s so much easier for us to go in a binary way.

“You have the sensors in the car. It’s just a software program. If you cross the chicane here or do the mistake, instead of having to do that crappy little another chicane, just cut the power.

“You don’t gain any advantage. It is done. We can evolve track limits in a good way.”

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