He mentions that Formula E owns the commercial rights (from the FIA) for single-seat full-electric racing until 2039, so for 20 more years. If F1 wanted to go full electric before 2039 then they would have to ask Agag/FE for permission. Got me thinking about where this could lead--
Gen-1 Formula E could do approx 180 hp peak for 22.5 minutes of racing (car change required to complete 45 minute race).
Gen-2 Formula E can obviously put out over 200 hp peak for a full 45 minute race, so a doubling (or more) of capability in 5 years! Huge rate of improvement!
Formula 1 can put out 5 times as much power (~1000 hp) for a 90-minute race and that's with huge package of rule limits to prevent it from doing even better. But still, let's call it 10x or 1-order of magnitude (!!!) better than current FE. This seems to be roughly at the limits of track safety (runoff area) and driver capability (G-load).
So we have Formula E's very fast rate of improvement vs. Formula 1's very high level of capability. And a 20-year FE contract. Will FE catch F1 before the FE contract runs out in 2039?
If FE continues to double capability every 5 years then this implies approx. 3 doublings (or 15 years) until it's about equal to F1. But F1 is certain it can be at 2019 speeds in 2039, so no risk there. FE is far from sure they can continue the spectacular rate of improvement for 15 more years, so very big uncertainty.
Is this the underlying battle in motorsports for the next two decades?