Description of the competition

They say all good ideas start on the back of a napkin. The first laptop, the original Mini and, as of the evening of March 3, 2011, the idea for an all-electric street racing series all started out as nothing more than scribbles on a napkin.

Written in just a few words in a restaurant in Paris were the beginnings of what would become the world’s first all-electric international single-seater championship. The beginnings of Formula E. Authored by FIA President Jean Todt and Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag, together the two developed the series as a means to demonstrate the potential of sustainable mobility to help create a better, cleaner world.

Since making its global debut in the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing in 2014, Formula E has grown into a global entertainment brand with motorsport at its heart. Now, with 11 teams and 22 drivers on the grid, the Championship has become a destination for the world’s best motorsport teams and talent.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship – a new era of all-electric racing

In January 2018, Formula E welcomed global technology and robotics giant ABB as title partner of the Championship, sparking a new era of all-electric street racing aided by one of the biggest names in electrification. With a total of nine manufacturers on board – the likes of Jaguar, Nissan, BMW, Audi, DS and Mahindra – Formula E serves as a competitive platform for global car manufacturers and mobility providers to test and develop road-relevant technologies. By racing on the streets, the series acts as a catalyst, helping to refine the design of electric vehicles and improve the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world.

Now, building on over five seasons of all-electric city street racing, the Championship boasts one of the best sporting calendars in the world, with 14 races in 12 of the most progressive cities across five continents.The 2019/20 season sees the series race on the streets of Seoul and Jakarta for the very first time as well as returning to London for the double-header season finale. With new teams Mercedes-Benz EQ and TAG Heuer Porsche joining the grid, the sixth season of Formula E boasts one of the most competitive line ups in motorsport history.

Championship and Standings

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship consists of two separate titles – one dedicated to the drivers and another dedicated to the teams. The drivers’ championship is awarded to whichever driver has accumulated the most points over the seven-month campaign. Whereas the teams’ championship is decided by calculating both driver’s scores throughout the season.

Points System

Formula E follows a standard points system, used in other FIA-sanctioned series – awarding points to the top-10 finishers.

  • 1st – 25pts
  • 2nd – 18pts
  • 3rd – 15pts
  • 4th – 12pts
  • 5th – 10pts
  • 6th – 8pts
  • 7th – 6pts
  • 8th – 4pts
  • 9th – 2pts
  • 10th – 1pt

Additional points are also awarded for securing Julius Baer Pole Position and clinching the Fastest Lap in Qualifying and the race – more details on both of these below.

New for the 2019/20 season, the fastest driver in group qualifying will be awarded one bonus point.

The driver starting at the front (Julius Baer Pole Position) picks-up an extra three points, while the driver who sets the fastest lap during Qualifying gets an additional point.

During the race, the driver who completes the Fastest Lap also receives one additional point. However, the driver must finish in the top-10 places to gain the Fastest Lap extra point. If not, then the driver in the top-10 with the next fastest lap takes the honour.

Julius Baer pole position – 3 points

Fastest driver in Qualifying – 1 point

Fastest Lap in race – 1 point (if in a top-10 finishing position)

Race Day Format

Shakedown – at most E-Prix, a shakedown session is held on Friday – the day before the main event – but this is dependent on the track (in our case, city streets) being available. Drivers use this session to check the electronic systems and the reliability of the car, but not overall performance as the cars run at a reduced speed.

At this time, the track layout, kerbs and features can be checked by the FIA, taking into account feedback from the competitors provided in the driver briefing.

POWER – THE POWER IS LIMITED TO 110KW.


Practice

Each event has two practice sessions – an opening 45-minute session followed by a further 30-minute session. This is reduced to only one 45-minute session on the second day of a double-header. This is the first time the teams and drivers will take to the track under timed conditions as they get a feel for the track and adapt to the car set-up. Although the timer is on, it doesn’t count towards the final result. After all, it’s just a practice session.  

POWER – 250KW IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT.


Qualifying and Super Pole shoot-out
 – Qualifying determines the order the drivers will start the race, with the fastest driver lining-up in first place and slowest at the back. The session lasts one hour and sees drivers divided into four groups of up to six cars, defined by their position in the championship. For the first race of the season, however, the order is decided by where they finished overall in the previous season.  

Once out, each driver has six minutes to set their best time, with the top-six drivers proceeding to the Super Pole shoot-out in a bid to secure Julius Baer Pole Position and an additional three points. During the Super Pole shoot-out, the drivers go out one-by-one, with the sixth fastest driver from the group stages going out first. When they cross the line to start their flying lap, the pitlane light turns green and the fifth fastest driver heads out. This is repeated until all six drivers have completed a lap.

POWER – 250KW IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT.


E-Prix
 – races, or E-Prix, begin with a standing start, meaning the cars are stationary until the lights go green. The drivers line-up on a dummy grid – a short distance behind the actual grid – and slowly file into position to start the race. The E-Prix lasts for 45-minutes. At the end, once the 45minutes are up and the leader has crossed the finish line, there’s still one more lap to go until the race finishes. 

Introduced for the 2018/19 season was ATTACK MODE, which lets every driver pick up an extra hit of power at their own risk. To fire up ATTACK MODE, drivers will need to arm their car, drive off the racing line, and through the Activation Zone. As a reward for taking a slower line through the corner, they’ll be able to collect an extra 35 kW of power. Drivers that secure the extra speed, can use it for a few laps when they want to race harder, giving them the edge to keep ahead of the competition.

On top of that, there’s FANBOOST – your chance to impact the race. The five drivers who receive the highly-acclaimed FANBOOST – as voted for by you, the fans – are awarded a significant burst of power, which they can deploy in a five-second window during the second half of the race.

Double-header – the majority of races take place over a single day in order to minimise disruption to the host city. However, where possible some events stretch to two days with double the amount of action – these are referred to as double-headers. The schedules are mirrored from each day, with only one 45-minute practice session on the second day.