An Introduction to Motorsport 2021: Formula 2

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Are you new to Motorsport? Curious about the differences between Racing Series? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Ahead of the new racing season, we’ve decided to produce articles introducing the various aspects of Motorsport to our readers, with our series, An Introduction to Motorsport & An Introduction to Sports Car Racing. This Article covers the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Formula 2 is the top step of FIA’s European Single-Seater Racing Ladder, the FIA Global Pathway. Most casual viewers of the Championship may think that the Championship started in either 2017 or 2005 which was the first year of the GP2 series. (In 2017, the GP2 Series was rebranded as the Formula 2 Championship) However, the FIA Formula 2 Championship has its origins dating back to the late 1960s…

A Brief History of Formula 2

European Formula 2 (1967-1984)

The championship has its roots in the European Formula 2 Trophy which began in 1967, with Jacky Ickx as its inaugural champion. An interesting thing to note however, is that while Ickx won the championship, he wasn’t the most successful driver that season. This title goes to Jochen Rindt, who won 5 races, to Ickx’s 2, but he was not eligible to score any points, as he was a graded driver. On the subject of driver grading, previously, it was common for F1 drivers to cross over to race in Formula 2, and as such, the FIA had introduced a grading scheme to allow for young up-and-coming drivers to compete in the championship, while still allowing for F1 drivers to cross over.

In 1973, the F2 Trophy was rebranded as the European Formula 2 Championship. Towards the end of the championship’s life, in 1983-84 it became dominated by the works Ralt-Honda team, who won the final 2 drivers’ and teams championships.

International F3000 (1985-2004)

1985 saw the introduction of the FIA European F3000 Championship, replacing the former European Formula 2 Championship. The name “F3000” came from regulations, which stated the engines used were limited to a Maximum Capacity of 3000cc (or 3 Litres). Christian Danner would take the title in the inaugural season, while in 1986, the championship became the FIA International F3000 Championship.

Unknown to many at the time, Danner would be the first in a long line of drivers to win the International F3000 Championship, that would fail to make an impact on Formula 1. Danner would only score 4 points in his F1 career, scoring no points in his 2 races with Zakspeed in 1985, 1 point from his second stint in 1986-1987 with Zakspeed, Osella and Arrows, and 3 points from his 1989 return with Rial, departing the team midway after failing to qualify for a number of races. Following that, he would then turn to Touring Cars, drawing the curtain on his short-lived Formula One career.

1996 marked the first year the championship would become a full-on spec series, with all teams running a Lola T96/50, paired with a detuned and reengineered Judd V8, by Zytek, and the cars would run with Avon Tyres. This was done to curb the rising costs of competition in the category.

1999 would also mark the start of the championships’ shift towards a support series for Formula One, as the championship cut the Pau Grand Prix, and the Mediterranean Grand Prix from the calendar. However, this would prove insufficient, and as car grids plummeted to just 10 full season drivers in 2003, the championship ran its final season in 2004.

GP2 Series (2005-2016)

In January 2004, Renault announced it would run a Formula 3000-level series to be called GP2 at every Grand Prix in 2005. The FIA has responded by saying that the Renault GP2 cars can run during FIA Formula 1 World Championship weekends, subject to making the necessary commercial arrangements with Formula One Management, the commercial rights holder of Formula 1 but adding that the FIA has not yet received any proposed technical or sporting regulations for the planned series.

In 2005, the GP2 Series began, as a support series for Formula 1, with 12 teams, and a 12 round calendar, with all races run in support of F1, with the exception of the final round at Bahrain. All teams would run the same car, the Dallara GP2/05, paired with a 4.0 Liter Renault Badged Mecachrome V8 and Bridgestone grooved tires.

Each round, except for Monaco, would consist of 2 races, a Feature Race, held on Saturday, with a mandatory pitstop and a shorter Sprint Race held on Sunday. The Sprint Race would have optional pitstops, and a reverse grid for the top 8 finishers of the feature race. Nico Rosberg would be the inaugural champion for the series. In 2006, the championship would switch to slick tyres, making 2005 the only year in which it would use grooved tyres.

On the 10th of March 2017, it was announced that the GP2 series would become branded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship:

What’s new for 2021?

The 2021 season sees several changes to Formula 2, as part of cost-saving measures introduced in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These come in the form of a heavily revised calendar, alongside a new weekend format.

The new weekend format consists of 3 races, comprising of 2 sprint races alongside a single feature race. To keep the calendar at 24 races, the calendar only features 8 rounds, as opposed to 12 in previous years. Teams will also receive an extra set of tyres.

To allow for a 3 race weekend for Formula 2, Formula 3 will also not be holding races on the same weekends as Formula 2.

2021 Calendar

Round

Circuit

Sprint Races

Feature Races

1

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

27 March

28 March

2

Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

22 May

23 May

3

Baku City Circuit, Baku

5 June

6 June

4

Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

17 July

18 July

5

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza

11 September

12 September

6

Sochi Autodrom, Sochi

25 September

26 September

7

Jeddah Street Circuit, Jeddah

4 December

5 December

8

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

11 December

12 December

2021 Teams & Drivers

Team

No

Driver

F1 Affiliation

Prema Racing
1
Robert Shwartzman
Ferrari Driver Academy
Prema Racing
2

Oscar Piastri

Alpine Academy
UNI-Virtuosi


3

Guan Yu Zhou

Alpine Academy

UNI-Virtuosi


4
Felipe Drugovich
None
Carlin
5
Dan Ticktum

Williams Driver Academy

Carlin
6
Jehan Daruvala
Red Bull Junior Team
Hitech Grand Prix
7
Liam Lawson

Red Bull Junior Team

Hitech Grand Prix

8

Jüri Vips

Red Bull Junior Team

ART Grand Prix
9

Christian Lundgaard

Alpine Academy

ART Grand Prix

10

Théo Pourchaire

Sauber Junior Team

MP Motorsport
11

MP Motorsport

12
Lirim Zendeli
None

Charouz Racing System

14

David Beckmann

None

Charouz Racing System

15

Guilherme Samaia

None

DAMS

16

Roy Nissany

Williams Driver Academy

DAMS

17

Marcus Armstrong

Ferrari Driver Academy

Campos Racing

20
Gianluca Petecof
None


Campos Racing

21

Ralph Boschung

None

HWA Racelab

22

Matteo Nannini

None

HWA Racelab

23

Alessio Deledda

None

Trident

24

Bent Viscaal

None

Trident

25

Marino Sato

None

Car – Dallara F2 2018

#2 Russian Time Dallara F2 2018 – Image by Takayuki Suzuki on Flickr

For 2021, Formula 2 retains the Dallara F2 2018. A new car was planned to be introduced, but it was cancelled as part of cost-cutting measures in the wake of COVID-19.

As in 2020, the F2 2018 uses 18-inch Pirelli P Zero Dry & Cintaurato Wet tyres. Previously, the cars used 13-inch tyres.

Tyre Allocations

F2 uses 4 dry tyre compounds, namely: supersoft, soft, medium and hard. Before each race weekend, 2 of compounds are picked as the “prime” and “option” compounds. Each car receives 2 sets of Option and 4 Sets of Prime tyres, alongside 3 sets of wet tyres. Formula 2 does not use intermediate tyres.

Weekend Structure

For the 2021 season, Formula 2 sees the introduction of a new weekend structure. 3 races will be held per weekend, comprising of 2 Sprint Races & 1 Feature Race.

Friday: 1 Practice session (45 minutes for all drivers) & Qualifying (30 minutes, for all drivers to determine the grid for Feature Race & Sprint Race 1)

Saturday: 2 Sprint Races. For Sprint Race 1, the starting grid is set by reversing the top 10 finishers of Qualifying. For Sprint Race 2, the grid is set by reversing the top 10 finishers of Sprint Race 1. Both races will consist of 120 kilometres or 45 minutes, whichever comes first. Pitstops are not required in the Sprint Race

Sunday: 1 Feature race, with the grid determined by Qualifying and any penalties issued prior to the race of 170km, with a 1-hour limit. The exception is at Monaco and Hungaroring, where the distance is 140km and 160km respectively.

For the Feature Race, a mandatory pit stop must be carried out, and both the Prime and Option compound is to be utilised in the race. During the pitstop, at least two wheels must be changed on the car; at least one wheel on each side of the car must always be on the car, and excluding the lollipop man, only six people may work on the car.

The mandatory pit stop is only considered fulfilled if the driver pits after completing 6 laps, or if the driver is already in the pit entry or pit lane at the time when the VSC is deployed. If the driver requires a stop-go penalty, this will not count as a mandatory pitstop.

In addition, the mandatory pitstop cannot be carried out on the last lap of the race, unless the race is suspended. If a suspended race is not restarted, drivers who have not stopped will have 30 seconds added to their finishing time.

Points System

Sprint Race One & Two

Position

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

FL*

Points

15

12

10

8

6

4

2

1

2

Feature Race

Position

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

FL

Pole

Points

25

18
15
12
10
8
6
4
2
1
2
4

* Fastest Lap Points are only for drivers finishing in the top 10. If the Fastest Lap is set by someone outside the top 10, the point will be awarded to the next driver within the top 10 with the fastest lap.

Titles & Previous Title Holders

Drivers’ Championship

Season

Driver

Team

Points

Wins

Podiums

Poles
Fastest Laps


2017


Charles Leclerc

Prema Racing

282

7
10
8
4
2018


George Russell

ART Grand Prix

287

7
11


5

6

2019

Nyck de Vries

ART Grand Prix

266
4
12
5
3
2020

Mick Schumacher

Prema Racing

215

2
10
0

2

Anthoine Hubert Award

Season

Driver

Team

Points

Pos

Wins

Podiums

Poles
Fastest Laps


2019


Guan Yu Zhou

UNI-Virtuosi Racing

140


7th

0
5
1
2
2020


Yuki Tsunoda

Carlin

200

3rd

3
7
4

1

Teams’ Championship

Season

Team

Points

Drivers

Wins

Podiums

Poles


Fastest Laps


2017

Prema Racing

395


Artem Markelov
Luca Ghiotto
6

14


1


6
2018


Carlin Racing


383


Lando Norris 
Sergio Sette Camara

1


17

2


2


2019

DAMS

418


Nicholas Latifi
Sergio Sette Camara
6


16


2

7

2020


Prema Racing

392


Mick Schumacher
Robert Shwartzman

6


15

0


3


Driver Regulations

Across a single season, each team may use up to four drivers. Changes must be notified to the Promoter no later than two days prior to the event at which the new driver wishes to compete. Any new driver may score points in the Championship. This, however, comes with some caveats, listed in the sporting regulations.

First, all drivers must hold a Grade A or Grade B International FIA Licence. Secondly, no winner of a FIA Formula 2 Championship may participate in the two successive Championships. This is a change from the previous regulation; prior to 2019, the Sporting Regulations explicitly banned the return of former F2/GP2 Champions.

Third, Drivers may only change from one team to another if:
a) Their original team has released them from their contract.
b) Their original team nominates another driver.

Lastly, drivers nominated to race by a team participating in the FIA Formula One World Championship are barred from participating in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in the same event. This prevents Buschwacking by Formula One drivers hoping to gain additional track time.

Superlicense Points

Finishing Position (Drivers’ Championship1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th
Super License Points awarded4040403020108643

A single-use Free-Practice only super license is also available to those competing in F2, after the completion of either six races in Formula 2, or 25 Super Licence points in eligible championships during the previous three years.

How to Watch

The FIA Formula 2 Championship is available worldwide on selected broadcasters worldwide, alongside F1TV. To find broadcasts details for your region, visit this link

Expect to see some thrilling, edge-of-your-seat action as the leading lights in the junior ranks of single seater racing duke it out on track to prove they are the best of the rising stars and prove that they can be the future champions of Formula One.

An Introduction to Motorsport: Formula E

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Are you new to Motorsport? Curious about the differences between Racing Series? No worries, we’ve got you covered. As the new Racing Season approaches, we’ve decided to produce articles introducing the various aspects of Motorsport to our readers, with our series, An Introduction to Motorsport & An Introduction to Sports Car Racing. This Article covers the FIA Formula E World Championship.

It’s Electric, and it’s on the rise. Just what is Formula E? Following 6 seasons as an FIA Circuit Championship, Formula E makes the step up to become an official FIA World Championship . Ahead of the inaugural season as an FIA World Championship, we take a look at the championship. Just what is Formula E?

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, is the first top-level electric single-seater championship in the world. Formula E’s held it’s first season from 2014-15, with a season opener at the Beijing Olympic Park on 13 September 2014.

A Brief History of Formula E

Beginnings

The concept of Formula E, a city-based, single-seater electric motor racing championship was initially conceived by FIA President Jean Todt. Todt presented his concept to politicians Alejandro Agag and Antonio Tajani and the Italian actor Teo Teocoli over dinner in 2011. At the dinner, Tajani firmly concentrated on electrification in the automobile industry, alongside reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. Agag however, had a brief spark of interest in the concept.

Eventually, the FIA put out a tender to run the championship. Agag applied, citing his experience in TV rights, sponsorship and marketing, alongside running a racing team. (Agag was the former owner of the Addax GP2 Team) In Summer 2012, Agag founded Formula E Holdings (FEH) with Enrique Bañuelos.

On August 1 2012, the FIA announced that FEH had won the tender to run the FIA Formula E Championship. In November 2012, FEH announced it had ordered 42 of what would become the Spark-Renault SRT_01E from Spark Racing Technologies.

In March 2013, FEH announced Michelin would be the exclusive tyre supplier for the championship. May 2013 saw Renault join Formula E as a technical partner to Spark, while TAG Heur joined as official timekeeper.

In May 2014, FEH’s Donnington Park base received the first SRT_01Es. Testing commenced with the teams in July 2014. In preparation for the series debut, FEH held 2 simulation races in Donnington Park in August.

Season 1 & Beyond

On 13 September 2014, Formula E held it’s inaugural race, the 2014 Beijing ePrix, at the Beijing Olympic Park Circuit. Nicolas Prost started the race from pole. Following a late-race collision with Nick Heidfeld for Prost, Lucas Di Grassi won the race for Audi Sport ABT. At the season finale in London, Nelson Piquet Jr would win the inaugural Formula E Drivers’ Championship, while e.DAMS would win the inaugural Teams’ Championship.

The 2015-16 season would see the SRT_01E opened up for limited development. The areas for development were the motor, inverter and transmission, alongside rear suspension and rims. Renault e.DAMS would win it’s second consecutive Teams’ Championship, while Sebastian Buemi would clinch the Drivers’ Championship.

The 2018-19 season would see the introduction of the Gen2 car, the SRT05e. Formula E would also celebrate it’s 50th race at the 2019 Hong Kong ePrix in the same season. Jean-Eric Vergne would take his second drivers’ title, becoming the first back-to-back drivers’ champion. DS Techeetah would then claim it’s first Teams’ title.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship:

2020/21 Teams & Drivers

Team

Powertrain

Drivers

Achievements

Envision Virgin Racing

Audi e-tron FE07

Robin Frijins

Nick Cassidy

Jaguar Racing

Jaguar I-Type 5

Sam Bird
Mitch Evans

Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02

Stoffel Vandoorne
Nyck de Vries

Dragon / Penske Autosport

Penske EV-5

Sergio Sette Camara
Nico Müller

NIO 333 FE Team

NIO 333 FE 001

Oliver Turvey
Tom Blomqvist

Season 1 Drivers' Champion (Piquet Jnr)

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

Audi e-tron FE07

Lucas Di Grassi
Rene Rast

Season 3 Drivers' Champion (Di Grassi)
Season 4 Teams' Champion

Nissan e.DAMS

Nissan IM02

Sébastien Buemi
Oliver Turvey

Season 2 Drivers' Champion (Buemi)
Season 1-3 Teams' Champion

DS Techeetah

DS E-Tense FE20

Jean-Eric Vergne
António Félix da Costa

Season 4-6 Drivers' Champion (Vergne (4-5), da Costa (6)) 
Season 5-6 Teams' Champion

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

BMW iFE.21

Jake Dennis
Maximilian Günther

TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

Porsche 99X Electric

André Lotterer
Pascal Wehrlein

ROKiT Venturi Racing

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02

Edoardo Mortara
Norman Nato

Mahindra Racing

Mahindra M7Electro

Alexander Sims
Alex Lynn

Car – Spark SRT05e

Image by Matti Blume on Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Formula E utilises a spec chassis Formula seen in Indycar, with teams allowed development in select zones. All teams use the Spark SRT05e, sometimes referred to as the “Gen2”. As with most single seaters today, the SRT05e is equipped with the Halo cockpit protection system. The total weight of the car is equivalent to 900kg, including ballast.

Power is provided by a 385kg, 54kWh McLaren Applied Technologies battery. Unlike the SRT01_E, which utilised a smaller 28 kWh Williams Advanced Engineering battery, the SRT05e’s battery is sufficient to last a whole race. Mid-race regeneration is available, with maximum regeneration set at 250 kW. This represents a 100 kW increase over the SRT01_E.

Since the 2019/20 season, twin motor setups have been banned from use. In the Gen2 era of Formula E, Nissan e.DAMS was the sole team utilising a twin-motor setup.

Maximum power output is 250kW, while race power output is 200kW. With Attack Mode deployed, power output increases to 235kW. FanBoost increases power to 230kW for 5 seconds.

Tyres & Tyre Allocations

Unlike most racing series, which utilise a mix of Slick & Threaded Wet Weather Compounds, Formula E uses a single all-weather threaded compound, the Michelin Pilot Sport. For the Gen 3 car, Hankook will exclusively supply tyres in place of Michelin.

3 Front Tyres & 3 Rear Tyres are issued per car at single race events. At double headers, 2 complete tyre sets are issued. (4 Front & 4 Rear Tyres)

Weekend Structure

Unlike most series, Formula E does not utilise a 3 day weekend. Formula E compresses all running into a single day (Saturday), with a short 30 minutes shakedown taking place on Friday at select races.

Friday

30 Minutes Shakedown session at select races.

Saturday

2 Morning Practice sessions of 45 & 30 Minutes respectively.

Qualifying

The qualifying session takes place in the late morning and lasts for approximately one hour. Qualifying consists of 2 parts, a Group Stage, followed by a Superpole session. For the Group Stage, drivers are split into groups of 6. Drivers in each group receive 6 minutes to set their best lap.

The first group consists of the six drivers currently leading the championship, with the subsequent groups comprising of the next six in the championship etc. The group system is intended as a handicap, as track conditions generally improve over the course of a session. Full power of 250 kW is available throughout qualifying.

Following the Group Stage, the six fastest drivers then go out again, one by one, in the Superpole session to determine the top six grid positions.

Race

The final part of the weekend for single events, the race, usually occurs in the late afternoon. The length of all races is 45 minutes + 1 Lap; prior to Season 5, Formula E races ran a set number of laps. Power is trimmed to 200kW for the race. Additional Power is available through FanBoost & Attack Mode.

Under a Full Course Yellow or Safety Car deployment, 1kWh of energy is subtracted per minute. Only full minutes are counted.

If the Race finishes under FCY or SC condition, no energy will be subtracted.

attack mode

Attack Mode, is a higher power mode (235kW), solely accessible during races. To activate attack mode, drivers must enter the activation zone, which is visible on the circuit. Typically, the activation zone is located away from the racing line. The use of Attack Mode is compulsory.

According to the nature of each circuit, the number of armings, compulsory activations, and the duration of attack mode varies.

Attack mode cannot be used in the following instances:
1. The first 2 laps of a race.
2. Full Course Yellow or Safety Car Deployment.
3. Until the competitor has crossed the Finish/Control Line after the end of a Safety Car period.

fanboost

FanBoost is a power boost which is distributed to 5 drivers per race. The 5 drivers are chosen through votes on the Formula E app and on other social media platforms, with the top 5 drivers receiving FanBoost. It is limited to 100 kJ of extra energy, with a minimum power of 240kW. FanBoost may only be used after the 22nd minute.

Sunday (Double-Header Weekends Only)

For Double-Header Weekends, Sunday’s schedule is mostly a carry-over of Saturday, with a single exception; There is only a single FP session. Prior to Season 4, Double Headers Sundays were effectively run to the same schedule as Saturday.

Points System

Position

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Group Stage P1

Pole

Fastest Lap

Points

25

18

15

12

10

8

6

4

2

1

1

3

1

Note: Fastest Lap Points are only for drivers finishing in the top 10. Where the Fastest Lap of the race is set by someone outside the top 10, the point will be awarded to a driver in the top ten with the fastest lap.

Calendar

Updated

Round

ePrix

Country

Street Circuit

Date

1

Diriyah ePrix

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Street Circuit

26 February 2021

2

Diriyah ePrix

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Street Circuit

27 February 2021

3

Rome ePrix

Italy

Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR

10 April 2021

4

Valencia ePrix

Spain

Circuit Ricardo Tormo

24 April 2021

5

Monaco ePrix

Monaco

Circuit de Monaco

8 May 2021

6

Marrakesh ePrix

Morocco

Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan

22 May 2021*

7

Santiago ePrix

Chile

Parque O'Higgins Circuit

5 June 2021*

8

Santiago ePrix

Chile

Parque O'Higgins Circuit

6 July 2021*

Original

Round

ePrix

Country

Street Circuit

Date

1

Santiago ePrix

Chile

Parque O'Higgins Circuit
16 January 2021

2

Santiago ePrix

Chile

Parque O'Higgins Circuit

17 January 2021

3

Diriyah ePrix

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Street Circuit

26 February 2021

4

Diriyah ePrix

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Street Circuit

27 February 2021

5

Rome ePrix

Italy

Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR

10 April 2021*

6

Paris ePrix

France

Paris Street Circuit

24 April 2021*

7

Monaco ePrix

Monaco

Circuit de Monaco

8 May 2021*

8

Seoul ePrix

South Korea

Seoul Street Circuit

23 May 2021*

9

Berlin ePrix

Germany

Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit

19 June 2021*

10

New York City ePrix

United States

Brooklyn Street Circuit

10 July 2021*

11

London ePrix

United Kingdom

ExCeL London

24 July 2021*

12

London ePrix

United Kingdom

ExCeL London

25 July 2021*

TBC

Sanya ePrix

China

Haitang Bay Circuit

TBC

TBC

Mexico City ePrix

Mexico

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

TBC

* Rounds after the Diriyah ePrix are provisional at time of writing.

Titles

Drivers’ Championship
Teams’ Championship

Driver Regulations

Each car is permitted 2 driver changes per season. Any announcements of driver changes must be made two weeks ahead of the event. Reverting to the driver listed in the season entry list is not counted as a change of driver.

Any new driver may score points in the Championship.

Any Driver already nominated by one Competitor, who then wishes to drive for another Competitor entered in the Championship, must first satisfy the FIA that this is being done with the consent of the original Competitor. If there is no such consent, the FIA will decide, at its absolute discretion, whether such a change may be made.

e-License

Drivers competing in the FIA Formula E World Championship must posses an e-License. The eLicense is Formula E’s equivalent to an FIA Superlicense. The introduction of the e-License was aimed at preventing “pay drivers” from entering the Championship; in the 14/15 season, numerous pay drivers, most notably Sakon Yamamoto, had entered various races.

The following conditions must be met to receive an eLicense:

1. The driver must be the holder of a current FIA International Grade B licence.
2. The driver must hold a valid driving license
3. The driver must be at least 18 years old at the start of his first Formula E competition.
4. The driver must successfully complete a training session on the most important points of the Electrical safety and technical and sportive aspects of the competition.
5. The driver must successfully complete a question session on the most important points of the International Sporting Code and of the FIA Formula E Championship Sporting Regulations.

6. Fulfil one of the following:
6a. Have made at least three starts in Formula E races counting for the previous year’s Championship, or at least 10 starts within the previous 3 years.
6b. Accumulate at least 20 Superlicense Points in the previous 3 years.
6c. Previously held a Super License, while recently and consistently demonstrated outstanding ability in Super License eligible Championships
6d. Judged by the FIA to consistently demonstrate outstanding ability in single-seater formula cars, while being unable to qualify under (a) to (c).

Superlicense Points

Similar to all other FIA Circuit Championships, Formula E awards Superlicense points to drivers.

Finishing Position

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Awarded Points

30

25

20

10

8

6

4

3

2

1

Previously, the winner of the driver’s championship received an FIA Super License.

How to Watch

The FIA Formula E World Championship is available to watch on YouTube & Facebook in select nations & territories. Broadcast details are available on the FIA Formula E website. Previous seasons are also available on the Formula E Youtube channel.

Expect to see some thrilling, edge-of-your-seat wheel to wheel action & drama on track in this highly competitive championship. With a spec-chassis Formula, Formula E offers some of the closest racing in any FIA Championship.

A time-based race also allows for some drama, as power consumption miscalculations could wreak havoc on a team’s weekend. One notable casualty was Nissan e.DAMS at the 2019 Mexico City ePrix.

An Introduction to Motorsport: Formula 2

Featured Image by Takayuki Suzuki on Flickr

Are you new to Motorsport? Curious about the differences between Racing Series? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Ahead of the resumption of motorsport worldwide, we’ve decided to produce articles introducing the various aspects of Motorsport to our readers, with our series, An Introduction to Motorsport & An Introduction to Sports Car Racing. This Article covers the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Formula 2 is the top step of FIA’s European Single-Seater Racing Ladder, the FIA Global Pathway. Most casual viewers of the Championship may think that the Championship started in either 2017 or 2005 which was the first year of the GP2 series. (In 2017, the GP2 Series was rebranded as the Formula 2 Championship) However, the FIA Formula 2 Championship has its origins dating back to the late 1960s…

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