Formula E is another side of the FIA coin. Officially known as the FIA Formula E Championship, the concept of the contest is similar to Formula 1, the only difference being that it is an aspect of auto-racing that only allows the use of cars powered by electricity. The idea for the series was conceived in 2012, but it was not until 2014 that the first championship was held, in Beijing. Like its parent, Formula E is also regulated by the FIA.
The Championship currently allows for ten teams of two drivers. Unlike Formula 1, where you have special purpose-built tracks and city centres as venues, Formula E only makes use of city centre temporary street circuits. The length of the circuits is between 2 and 3.5 kilometres.On the day of the race, the event starts with two practice sessions in the morning – one session of 45 minutes is held first, followed by another session of 30 minutes. Each of the teams’ two drivers has two cars at their disposal, with a speed of 200 kilowatts available.
The Grading System
Formula E makes use of the same grading system as Formula 1, and that is the FIA standard. Here, points are awarded as follows:
- To the drivers that make up the top 10.
- A total of 3 points is given to the driver who secures pole position.
- The driver who sets the fastest lap gets an additional point (down from the 2 points awarded during its first and second seasons)
The Championship is divided into two:
- Drivers’ Championship, awarded to the individual driver with the best points total at the end of season.
- Teams’ Championship, awarded to the team whose two drivers have between them amassed the highest aggregate points total over the span of the season.