source: FIA, photos: Audi Sport
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has awarded world championship status to the all-electric racing series
Following a vote of its members, the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has granted full world championship status to the FIA Formula E Championship from the start of the 2020/21 season. FIA President Jean Todt and Chairman of Formula E Alejandro Agag signed the agreement together at the FIA headquarters in Paris.
The current calendar features 14 races across five continents bringing breathtaking professional racing to city centres all over the world. The series offers an international platform for the development of electric vehicle technology and the promotion of sustainable mobility.
The sport continues to gather momentum as more major car manufacturers join the series for the current season and beyond. BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz now race alongside Audi, Jaguar, DS Automobiles, NIO, Penske, Nissan and Mahindra Racing, extending the list of major car manufacturers for whom Formula E represents an irresistible technological showcase.
The series will be the fifth world championship under FIA governance. From season seven the FIA Formula E World Championship will be part of the highest level in the FIA sanctioned hierarchy, joining the ranks of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the FIA World Rally Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the FIA Karting World Championship.
FIA President Jean Todt said: “The creation and development of Formula E have been a great adventure. I am proud that today we confirm its FIA world championship status. Since we started this journey, Formula E has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength. Within a short timeframe, the series has proven itself relevant for the automotive industry with two more major car manufacturers having joined the series at the start of the current season, bringing their total number to ten. The commitment and professionalism of those manufacturers and their respective teams is mirrored in the quality of the driver roster which has improved with every season. Since its first race in Beijing in 2014 and with every E-Prix thereafter, Formula E has proven that the concept of cutting-edge electric racing works. I wholeheartedly welcome Formula E as the latest FIA world championship.”
Chairman of Formula E Alejandro Agag said: “It was always our ambition to one day become a FIA world championship. Everything we have done and delivered to this point has been working towards this particular moment in time. Achieving the feat and being granted with FIA world championship status adds more credibility to what is already a fully-fledged formula of racing and a spectacular sporting product. This agreement and announcement truly puts Formula E in the top tier of international single-seater racing. It has been a tremendous effort from many people involved and none of it would have been possible without the support of FIA President Jean Todt and the federation, as well as the dedication and commitment shown by our teams and partners. Now we can say we have done it. But it is only the beginning of a new chapter under the banner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”