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The all-electric series has been increasing in popularity, and now has many car manufacturers, top sponsors and ex-F1 drivers on the grid.

But quadruple world champion Vettel insisted: “To me, this is not the future.

“E-mobility is currently very popular in the world, but anyone who is honest and identifies with motor racing does not think much of Formula E,” he told the Swiss newspaper Blick.

“The cars are not very fast and many drivers who drive there tell me that the driving is not very exciting,” the Ferrari driver added.

Renault, BMW, Audi, Mahindra and Jaguar are already contesting in the category. Porsche and Mercedes will field new teams in 2019, as both high profile manufacturers follow the trend. They believe that Formula E reflects the general direction of the automobile industry.

The new Formula E season began last week with a double-header in Hong Kong with Sam Bird winning the first race for DS Virgin.

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