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Formula E

Vergne threatens to quit Formula E if 'dangerous' races continue

Jean-Eric Vergne has warned that Formula E drivers might start quitting the sport should the peloton-style continue into future generations of the series.

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Jean-Eric Vergne has sensationally threatened to quit Formula E should the peloton-style of racing continue in future generations, following a chaotic Berlin E-Prix. 

The two-time Formula E champion kept his nose clean in what was an action-packed opening race at the Tempelhof Airport Circuit, which he secured second place in. 

Several incidents caused by the peloton racing unfolded, with two lengthy safety car periods having taken place. Whilst the format was initially fascinating in the opening year of the Gen3 era, a clear line has been crossed. 

The majority of the paddock has had enough of the "dangerous" style of racing and want Formula E and the FIA to make adjustments to the aero packages, which is the cause of the problem due to the lack of downforce. 

Worryingly, the aero package on the upcoming Gen3.5 Evo car is the same as what is on the Gen3, much to the frustration of Vergne who has stressed no driver is enjoying the current racing.

"They have to change the aero package, the car is a parachute, so it's way too draggy," Vergne told RacingNews365

"And if you have less drag for the car behind to follow, they're going to arrive with a higher speed, so therefore, they can recover more energy. So we need to have cars that are less draggy. 

"Otherwise, we're going to keep having this kind of racing, but they knew it and I've seen the Gen 3.5 Evo and the downforce is exactly the same, so it's not going to change anything. 

"So they really have to find a solution. Because I mean, I don't know if I can hold two years in this kind of racing. It's not enjoyable. No one likes it. And on top of it, it's dangerous. We see so many hands broken, it's not enjoyable."

'I will stop'

Having been in Formula E since Season 1, Vergne has experienced a lot in Formula E. However, it is the peloton-style which is pushing him closer to an exit from the championship. 

Vergne has conceded that if the Gen4 era also consists of peloton-racing then he will leave the championship, along with others who want the all-electric series to make changes.

Gen4 will be introduced in Season 13 (2026/27), with Vergne's threat highlighting the importance of Formula E designing the car correctly to please the drivers.

"Oh it might happen, it might happen," warned Vergne, when asked if drivers will quit Formula E over the peloton. 

"The good thing is that there is a Gen4, but if Gen4 is the same, I will stop for sure."

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