Jean-Eric Vergne says Sebastian Vettel now believes Method 1 ought to be taking classes from Method E, having beforehand described the vehicles as “lawnmowers”.
After leaving Method 1 to change into one of many first members of the Method E grid, Vergne has gone on to win the championship twice, incomes 10 race victories alongside the way in which.
The vehicles have since advanced to change into extra highly effective and sturdy, with the newest spherical seeing the drivers race across the full-length Monaco circuit for the primary time.
Whereas Vergne admitted Method 1 could by no means go absolutely electrical, he stated the notion of the class has modified for the higher lately – not least from the Aston Martin driver, who admits he is currently lacking pace at his new team.
“After I got here to Method E, I additionally turned a reserve driver for Ferrari, so I used to be usually with Vettel,” the Frenchman advised Motorsport.com.
“He laughed a bit in my face once I moved to Method E. He stated ‘what are these lawnmowers?’ However then he quickly began saying Method E was additionally the long run, that it was good, that F1 wasn’t doing sufficient on electrical mobility, on zero carbon emissions, and that Method 1 ought to do extra like Method E does.
“From there to saying F1 may have solely electrical motors…I’m undecided. However that the opinion of a four-time World Champion has modified fairly radically in a number of years additionally exhibits everybody’s perspective has modified.
“Initially, it’s true that even I personally thought ‘what am I going to do right here’ once I got here to Method E. I nonetheless felt racing electrical vehicles was nonetheless a bit like a race. Racing electrical vehicles nonetheless appeared loopy to me. Ultimately, seven years later, we’re there.
“We have now an FIA World Championship. I feel a number of drivers who didn’t wish to be in Method E earlier than are dreaming of being in it, as a result of it’s additionally one of many solely championships the place drivers receives a commission.
“Till confirmed in any other case, I don’t suppose there are drivers who pay to drive in Method E, which isn’t the case in Method 1 for instance. The enterprise mannequin is sort of good, all of the groups are preventing for podiums and factors, which isn’t the case in different championships. The actual fact these groups may pay the drivers exhibits it’s a wholesome championship.”