Is Formula E dying due to 'Peloton' races? Inside story of Jean-Eric Vergne's quit threat

Last weekend in Berlin, we had two races like this. The first one especially had a lot of crashes and incidents. These races are exciting for fans because a lot happens, but some people find them hard to follow.

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Shubham Shekhar
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After a series of incidents, Formula E superstar Jean-Eric Vergne has threatened to quit the series. The reason behind it all is the type of races we're seeing now, where cars bunch up closely together like in a group, called "peloton-style" races. Many drivers don't like this style and Vergne is one of them. 

Last weekend in Berlin, we had two races like this. The first one especially had a lot of crashes and incidents. These races are exciting for fans because a lot happens, but some people find them hard to follow.

For the drivers, some say that doing well in the qualifying rounds doesn't matter much anymore. For example, Oliver Rowland started from the back in both races but still managed to get two podium finishes by overtaking other cars easilyThis eventually ended the role of the qualification round making things hard for drivers. 

Why have Peloton-style races become dangerous?

The main concern is how drivers get very aggressive during peloton races. It's not that Formula E has aggressive drivers, but when someone isn't aggressive, they can get pushed around by others making bold moves.

At first, peloton races were seen as unique, but now they're viewed as dangerous. Drivers don't like this style of racing. In the first race in Berlin, Nick Cassidy won, with Vergne and Rowland in second and third. Cassidy was in 21st place for most of the race but moved to the front because he managed his energy better.

After the race, all three were quick to express their unhappiness over the style of race. Vergne went on to say that it can happen anytime if Formula E continues these types of races. However, he said that if Gen4 cars are good enough then he might stay in the grid. He said, "The good thing is that there is a Gen4, but if Gen4 is the same, I will stop for sure."

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