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2018/19 Formula E Season
Spark II
Formula E: The Next Generation
Season Information
No. Rounds TBA
First Round TBA
Last Round TBA
Entrants Andretti-BMW, Audi Sport, DS, Jaguar, Mahindra, NIO, Nissan, Penske, Spark, Venturi
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
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Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Second {{{{{driver2nat}}}}} Unknown {{{drive2pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Third {{{{{driver3nat}}}}} Unknown {{{drive3pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s), Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion {{{{{teamchampnat}}}}} Unknown {{{team1pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Second {{{{{team2nat}}}}} Unknown {{{team2pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Third {{{{{team3nat}}}}} Unknown {{{team3pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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2017/18 2019/20
The 2018/19 Formula E Season, officially known as the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, will be the fifth edition of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, set to start in October 2018. Season five will be one of the most significant seasons in FE's short history, being the first to feature cars that could complete a full race distance, based on the new Spark Gen 2.[1]

It is also to be the first season of Formula E to feature a support series race, with the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy held on the same day as each E-Prix.[2] It, like Formula E's first season, will be a single make series, with all competitors using the Jaguar I-Pace SUV.[2]

BackgroundEdit

As part of the evolution of Formula E to a world leading series, the FIA and Formula E Holdings commissioned Spark Racing Technologies to design a new car to replace the five year old Spark-Renault SRT_01E.[1] This new car, dubbed the "Gen 2", featured a complete redesign of the body work, suspension and brakes, and was fitted with a McLaren developed battery which was to last for the entire race distance.[1] Images of the new car were released on 30 January 2018, with a full public reveal, and first deliveries, scheduled for 8 March 2018.[1]

CalendarEdit

The provisional calendar has yet to be released for the 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship, although it has been revealed that the historical Saudi Arabian capital Ad Diriyah will host the opening round.[3] After that, the full but provisional calendar, featuring two "TBAs", was released on the 7 June 2018, confirming that the Ad Diriyah district of Riyadh would indeed host the season opener.[4] The inaugural visit to Riyadh was scheduled for the 15 December 2018, with a trip to Marrakech following on 12 January 2019.[4]

The first TBA of the season was next, set for the 26 January 2019, with São Paulo, Brazil, or Birmingham, UK, the favourites for the slot.[4] Another visit to Mexico City would follow in mid-February, before FE headed to Hong Kong on 10 March.[4] A second race in China was also scheduled, with a deal for the series to head to Sanya, a city on Hainan Island, scheduled for the 23 March, 2019.[5]

After that, the FE series would head back to Europe for the first ever voestalpine European Series, set to be awarded to the best driver across 2018/19's five European E-Prix.[6] Visits to Rome and Paris would open the European tour, before FE made its debut on the full, and famed, Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo.[4] A trip to the Tempelhofring in Berlin would follow, before the "European Series" came to its conclusion in Zürich on 9 June.[4]

With that, the 2018/19 campaign would head to New York City for the season finale, with the US financial capital hosting another double header for the series.[4] In terms of testing a collective pre-season test was expected but not confirmed on the provisional calendar, while an in-season test, akin to the 2018 Rookie Test, was not initially announced.[4]

All private pre-season testing will be conducted prior to the final homolgation date, 1 October 2018. A public test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia would then conclude pre-season testing, with all eleven teams in attendance between the 16 and 19 October 2018.[7] A Rookie Test has also been suggested, with Riyadh reportedly set to host the test-day after its inaugural E-Prix.[8]

The full calendar for the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship is outlined below:

2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship*
Round E-Prix City Circuit Date Report
1 2018 ABB Formula E Ad Diriyah E-Prix Flag of Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 15 December 2018[4] Report
2 2019 ABB Formula E Marrakech E-Prix Flag of Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan 12 January 2019[4] Report
3 TBA Unknown TBA TBA 26 January 2019[4] TBA
4 2019 ABB Formula E Mexico City E-Prix Flag of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 16 February 2019[4] Report
5 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit 10 March 2019[4] Report
6 2019 ABB Formula E Sanya E-Prix People's Republic of China Sanya, China TBA 23 March 2019[5] Report
7 2019 ABB Formula E Rome E-Prix Italy Rome, Italy Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR 13 April 2019[4] Report
8 2019 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix[9] France Paris, France Les Invalides Circuit 27 April 2019[4] Report
9 2019 ABB Formula E Monaco E-Prix Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco Circuit de Monaco 11 May 2019[4] Report
10 2019 ABB Formula E Berlin E-Prix Germany Berlin, Germany Tempelhofring 25 May 2019[4] Report
11 2019 Julius Baer Zürich E-Prix[10] Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland Zürich Street Circuit 9 June 2019[4] Report
12 2019 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix[9] Flag of the United States New York City, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 13 July 2019[4] Report
13 2019 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix[9] Flag of the United States New York City, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 14 July 2019[4] Report
2018/19 FIA Formula E Tests
I 2018 Valencia Test[7] Spain Valencia, Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo 16 - 19 October 2018[7] Report
II 2018/19 Rookie Test[8] Flag of Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 17 December 2018[8] Report
  • * All dates and venues according to the provisional calendar released on the 7 June 2018 and subject to FIA approval.[4]
  • São Paulo is highly tipped to join the 2018/19 calendar after its late cancellation in 2017/18.[11]
  • The "Rookie Test" first seen in 2018, is set to return for 2018/19, with e-racing365 suggesting that it will be staged after the opening round in Ad Diriyah.[8]

RegulationsEdit

Nine manufacturers were granted the ability to submit powertrain designs to compete in 2018/19, all of them committing to a three year stint in the Championship.[12] Additional manufacturers would be permitted to enter designs during the three year period, either signing up for the 2019/20 or 2020/21 seasons.[12]

TechnicalEdit

Nine manufacturers would use the newest Spark Racing Technologies chassis design as a basis, building their own powertrain solutions to harness the energy stored in the latest McLaren Applied Technologies battery.[12] This McLaren battery will last for the entire race distance, bringing an end to the mid-race car swap seen during the first four seasons, although this change will likely mean more conservative driving is required.[12] The FIA also investigated the possibility of adding a "boost" mode for the fifth season of FE, as well as adding an LED screen to the new Halo cockpit protection made compulsory for the 2018/19 season.[13]

SportingEdit

The points system for finishing position is expected to remain as it has been since the inaugural 2014/15 Season, with points awarded from 1st to 10th using the FIA's standard points system.[14] An additional points are to be awarded to the pole setter at each ePrix, while the most efficient driver in the top ten of each race will receive an additional point, a new regulation for 2018/19.[14] The "efficiency bonus" effectively replaced the points bonus allocated to the fastest lap setter, which had been applied since the inaugural season.[15]

2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship Points Table
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Pole Position Efficiency
3 1

Each driver will be allocated ten tyres at each race meeting (for both of their cars) which must last for the entire race meeting.[14]

QualifyingEdit

Rules regarding qualifying were also changed ahead of the fifth FE season, with the "lottery" element of the group allocations completely abandoned.[16] Instead, the groups would be allocated solely on Championship position, with the top five/six in the first group, sixth/seventh through to tenth/twelfth in the next and so on.[16] Each group will also be expanded to include a potential sixth car due to the addition of the new-for-2018/19 HWA Team, while Super Pole was modified to include a sixth driver as well.[16]

Season ReportEdit

EntrantsEdit

Nine manufacturers were granted the right to homologate designs for the 2018/19 Formula E Championship, with BMW officially partnering with the Andretti Formula E entry to promote their electric racing ambitions.[12] Shortly before the 2017/18 season it was revealed that Nissan were joining the series, replacing Renault although retaining a partnership with e.Dams.[17] There was also news of an additional team in 2018/19, as HWA AG, a long-time Mercedes sanctioned team in the DTM, joined the series with powertrains from Venturi.[18]

The full 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship entry list will be outlined below:

2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler[12]
Audi e-tron FE05[19]
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[20]
66 Germany Daniel Abt[20]
Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport[21]
BMW iFE.18[22]
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims[23]
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa[23]
Flag of the United States Dragon[21]
Penske EV-3[24]
6 Argentina José María López*[25]
TBA TBA
People's Republic of China DS Techeetah[26]
DS E-TENSE FE 19[27]
18 Germany André Lotterer[28]
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne[28]
Germany Team HWA[18]
Venturi VFE 05[18]
TBA Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett*[29]
TBA TBA
Flag of India Mahindra Racing[12]
Mahindra M5Electro[30]
TBA Flag of Belgium Jerome d'Ambrosio*[31]
TBA TBA
Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team[12]
TBA
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[32]
68 Italy Luca Filippi*[32]
Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams[17]
TBA
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[33]
TBA Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon[34]
Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing[12]
Jaguar I-Type III[35]
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[36]
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans[36]
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team[12]
Venturi VFE 05[37]
4 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara[38]
5 Brazil Felipe Massa[39]
Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing[21]
Audi e-tron FE05[19]
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird*[40]
TBA Dutch Flag Robin Frijns*[41]
  • * Deals yet to be officially confirmed.

StandingsEdit

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

The full 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers' standings are to be outlined below:

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

The full 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers' standings are to be outlined below:

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

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  2. 2.0 2.1 'Formula E and Jaguar to launch support series', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/formula-e-and-jaguar-to-launch-support-series/, (Accessed 12/09/2017)
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  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 'Qatar Airways becomes title sponsor of Formula E races', gulf-times.com, (Gulf Times, 23/01/2018), http://www.gulf-times.com/story/579131/Qatar-Airways-becomes-title-sponsor-of-Formula-E-r, (Accessed 23/01/2018)
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  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 12.9 'Nine manufacturers homologated for Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/nine-season-5-powertrain-manufacturers-homologated/, (Accessed 22/03/2017)
  13. Sam Smith, ‘Boost Mode’ Format Possible for Season Five', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 13/02/2018), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/potential-energy-boost-modes-for-season-five/, (Accessed 13/02/2018)
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  15. Alex Kalinauckas; Stuart Codling, 'New Formula E Gen2 car to increase race power to 200kW in 2018/19', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 28/03/2018), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/135076/new-fe-car-main-race-power-mode-revealed, (Accessed 31/03/2018)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Sam Smith, 'Qualifying Lottery System Scrapped', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 03/07/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/qualifying-lottery-system-scrapped/, (Accessed 04/07/2018)
  17. 17.0 17.1 'Nissan joins growing list of automotive brands in Formula E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/nissan-joins-growing-list-of-automotive-brands-in-formula-e/, (Accessed 25/10/2017)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 'HWA AG join the Formula E grid for Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/hwa-ag-join-the-formula-e-grid-for-season-5/, (Accessed 09/05/2018)
  19. 19.0 19.1 'Virgin Racing to run Audi e-tron FE05 cars for Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/09/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/september/virgin-racing-to-run-audi-e-tron-fe05-cars-for-season-5/, (Accessed 21/09/2018)
  20. 20.0 20.1 'Daniel Abt confirmes drive with Audi in Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/06/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/june/daniel-abt-confirmes-drive-with-audi-in-season-5/, (Accessed 09/06/2018)
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 '11 teams set to compete in fifth season Formula E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/08/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/august/11-teams-set-to-compete-in-fifth-season-formula-e/, (Accessed 28/08/2018)
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  23. 23.0 23.1 'BMW takes covers off season five challenger', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/09/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/september/bmw-takes-covers-off-season-five-challenger/, (Accessed 14/09/2018)
  24. Sam Smith, 'D’Ambrosio Set for Dragon Exit', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 21/05/2018), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/dragon-exit-for-dambrosio/, (Accessed 22/05/2018)
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  26. 'Techeetah partners with DS for Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/techeetah-partners-with-ds-for-season-5/, (Accessed 23/07/2018)
  27. Sam Smith, 'DS Performance Runs New DS E-TENSE FE 19', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 23/03/2018), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/ds-performance-shakes-down-new-car/, (Accessed 23/04/2018)
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  29. Sam Smith, 'Paffett, Wehrlein Primed for HWA Seats', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 10/09/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/wehrlein-and-paffett-primed-for-hwa-seats/, (Accessed 11/09/2018)
  30. Sam Smith, 'Derani Tests for Mahindra, Targeting Formula E Drive', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 08/08/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/derani-tests-for-mahindra-targeting-formula-e-drive/, (Accessed 08/08/2018)
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  32. 32.0 32.1 Sam Smith, 'Turvey Set to Remain at NIO, Rowland to Test', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 29/08/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/turvey-set-to-remain-at-nio-rowland-to-test/, (Accessed 29/08/2018)
  33. 'Prost Exits Renault e.dams', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 12/06/2018), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/prost-exits-renault-e-dams/, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  34. 'Buemi and Albon lined up for Nissan e.dams debut season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/09/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/september/buemi-and-albon-lined-up-for-nissan-edams-debut-season/, (Accessed 20/09/2018)
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