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What are the hard and fast rules to know when watching Formula E?

You can’t move the goalposts in motorsport, so what are the hard and fast rules to know when watching Formula E. Below is a brief overview of the rules and regulations – we won’t get too technical though. For a detailed look at the rules and regulations, you can visit the FIA website

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From For­mu­la e web­si­te

Championship and standings 

The FIA For­mu­la E Cham­pi­onship con­sists of two se­pa­ra­te ti­tles – one de­di­ca­ted to the dri­vers and another de­di­ca­ted to the te­ams. The dri­vers’ cham­pi­onship is de­ci­ded by their end of se­a­son to­tal, made of his or her best re­sults over the en­ti­re cam­paign. Whe­re­as the te­ams’ cham­pi­onship is made up 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.

1st25pts

2nd18pts

3rd15pts

4th12pts

5th10pts

6th8pts

7th6pts

8th4pts

9th2pts

10th1pt

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

The dri­ver star­ting at the front (Ju­lius Baer Pole Po­si­ti­on) picks-up an ex­tra th­ree points, whi­le the dri­ver set­ting the pace du­ring the race (Visa Fas­test Lap) re­cei­ves an ad­di­ti­o­nal point. Howe­ver, as a new rule in­tro­du­ced for Se­a­son Four, the dri­ver must fi­nish in the top-10 pla­ces to gain an ex­tra point. If not, then the dri­ver in the top-10 with the fas­test lap ta­kes the ho­nour.

Ju­lius Baer pole po­si­ti­on3 points

Visa fas­test lap1 point (if in a top-10 fi­nishing po­si­ti­on)

Standings after Hong Konk 2017 1st Race
Stan­dings af­ter Hong Konk 2017 1st Race

Race day format 

Sha­ke­down – at most events 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 (the world go­ver­ning body of mo­tors­port), 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. Here the te­ams and dri­vers take to the track for the first time in ear­nest – al­lowing them to get a feel for the track and adapt to the car set-up. 

Power200kW is avai­la­ble th­roughout.

Qua­lifying and su­per pole sho­ot-out – qua­lifying de­ter­mi­nes the star­ting grid for the race, with the fas­test dri­ver li­ning-up in first pla­ce. The ses­si­on lasts one hour and sees dri­vers di­vi­ded into groups, de­ci­ded by a lot­tery con­duc­ted in the dri­ver bri­e­fing. Each dri­ver has six mi­nu­tes to set their best time, with the top-five 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 fifth fas­test dri­ver from the group sta­ges going out first. When he or she cros­ses the line to start their flying lap, the pi­tla­ne light turns gre­en and the fourth fas­test dri­ver he­ads out. This is re­pe­a­ted un­til all five dri­vers have com­ple­ted a lap.

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Power200kW 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 ap­pro­xi­ma­tely 50-mi­nu­tes with each dri­ver ma­king one man­da­tory stop to chan­ge cars. In race mode, the ma­xi­mum power avai­la­ble is li­mi­ted to 180kW – 10kW more than Se­a­son Th­ree. The th­ree dri­vers who re­cei­ve the highly-ac­clai­med FANBOOST – as vo­ted for by the fans – each have an ex­tra 100kJ at their dis­po­sal. 

Power – li­mi­ted to 180kW, with ad­di­ti­o­nal energy for the win­ners of the FANBOOST vote.

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.

Pit stops and car chan­ges

Du­ring each E-Prix, dri­vers must make one man­da­tory stop in or­der to chan­ge cars – jum­ping into a se­cond, fully-char­ged car that’s re­ady and wai­ting in the ga­ra­ge. This must take pla­ce in their al­lo­ca­ted ga­ra­ge or de­di­ca­ted slot in the pi­tla­ne (de­pen­ding on the lo­ca­ti­on of the pi­tla­ne and ga­ra­ges) and be ob­ser­ved by an FIA steward to en­su­re all sa­fety equip­ment and belts are cor­rec­tly fas­te­ned. A mi­ni­mum time is also en­for­ced to pre­vent rushing and pro­vi­de enough time to com­ple­te ne­ces­sary checks. Tyre chan­ges, un­less cau­sed by a punc­tu­re or other da­ma­ge, are not per­mit­ted du­ring this pit stop pha­se.

Ty­res and al­lo­ca­ti­on

The bes­po­ke 18-inch tre­a­ded all-we­ather ty­res are sup­pli­ed by Mi­che­lin – of­fi­ci­al tyre sup­pli­er of the FIA For­mu­la E Cham­pi­onship. For each event, every dri­ver is sup­pli­ed with a new set of ty­res – two new front ty­res and two new rear ty­res. In ad­di­ti­on to the new set, dri­vers also car­ry over one front tyre and one rear tyre from the pre­vi­ous event. This same rule is also ap­pli­ed for dou­ble-he­a­ders.

Per dri­ver – two new front ty­res and two new rear ty­res (plus one front and rear tyre from the pre­vi­ous event).

Char­ging ti­mes

Char­ging the car is for­bid­den du­ring both qua­lifying and the race, as well as th­roughout parc fer­me and scru­ti­ne­e­ring. Te­ams can char­ge the cars in-betwe­en ses­si­ons and du­ring prac­ti­ce.

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FANBOOST

FANBOOST is a fan in­te­rac­ti­on sys­tem, whe­re fans vote to give a dri­ver an ex­tra energy bo­ost du­ring the race – to be used for at­tack or de­fen­ce. Ma­king a pas­sing move on your ne­a­rest ri­val, or fen­ding off an at­tempt to over­ta­ke.

The­re­fo­re, fans can ac­ti­vely in­flu­en­ce the out­co­me of the race – so­mething uni­que to the world of com­pe­ti­ti­ve sport.

The vo­ting win­dow opens on the Mon­day of the week of the race, five days be­fo­re the event. Fans can vote once per day on each eli­gi­ble plat­form – via so­ci­al me­dia or the of­fi­ci­al For­mu­la E web­si­te. Vo­ting clo­ses six mi­nu­tes into the race, the­re­fo­re the top-th­ree dri­vers with the highest per­cen­ta­ge of vo­tes re­cei­ve and ad­di­ti­o­nal 100kJ of energy in their se­cond car only. When using FANBOOST, it can only be de­ployed once – not in a se­ri­es of short bursts.

To cast your vote vi­sit – www​.fi​a​for​mu​lae​.com/​f​a​n​b​o​ost

Fans can also vote on so­ci­al me­dia using a #hash­tag – pos­ting a #hash­tag with the name of your cho­sen dri­ver, along with #FANBOOST.

2017/2018 FIA Formula E Championship. Official Test - Valencia, Spain Monday 2 October 2017. Jerome D’Ambrosio (BEL), Dragon Racing, Penske EV-2 Photo: {Malcolm Griffiths}/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image MALK2997

e-Li­cen­ce

Just like a dri­ving li­cen­ce for the road – For­mu­la E dri­vers must qua­lify to par­ti­ci­pa­te. In or­der to en­ter the FIA For­mu­la E Cham­pi­onship, dri­vers must com­ply with the fol­lowing:

Dri­vers must con­duct a spe­ci­fic FIA trai­ning ses­si­on fo­cus­sing on elec­tri­cal sa­fety, spe­ci­fic fe­a­tu­res of the fully-elec­tric For­mu­la E car, as well as re­vi­ewing both te­ch­ni­cal and spor­ting as­pects of the se­ri­es. 

Dri­vers must have ac­cu­mu­la­ted at le­ast 20 points in the past th­ree ye­ars, in con­junc­ti­on with the FIA points sys­tem – used to qua­lify for a Su­per Li­cen­ce. Or, to have pre­vi­ously been hol­ding a Su­per Li­cen­ce, or to have par­ti­ci­pa­ted in at le­ast th­ree events of the pre­vi­ous FIA For­mu­la E Cham­pi­onship. 

The cham­pi­on from the pre­vi­ous se­a­son au­to­ma­ti­cally qua­li­fi­es for a Su­per Li­cen­ce the fol­lowing year.

If the­se points aren’t met – a dri­ver jud­ged by the FIA to have con­sis­ten­tly de­mons­tra­ted outs­tan­ding abi­lity in sin­gle-se­a­ter ca­te­go­ri­es, but with lit­tle or no op­por­tu­nity to qua­lify, can still par­ti­ci­pa­te.

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