It is really incredible how quickly a Formula 1 car is fitted with a brand new set of tires during a race. A few seconds, that’s all it takes. In a Formula E race, that was all done very differently not so long ago. It’s not the tires that were swapped, but the whole car. The problem was that one battery charge was not powerful enough for a complete race. This was ended in 2018 because it was too risky. Since then, the races last just over three-quarters of an hour.

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Author profile picture Maurits Kuypers graduated as a macroeconomist from the University of Amsterdam, specialising in international work. He has been active as a journalist since 1997, first for 10 years on the editorial staff of Het Financieele Dagblad in Amsterdam, then as a freelance correspondent in Berlin and Central Europe. When it comes to technological innovations, he always has an eye for the financial feasibility of a project.