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.

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 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 posi­tion — 3 points

Visa fastest lap — 1 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. 

Pow­er — 200kW 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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Pow­er — 200kW 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.fiaformulae.com/fanboost

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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