The e-Licence is a competition licence set up by the FIA specifically for the FIA Formula E Championship. Similar to the Super Licence in Formula One, the e-Licence must be held by a driver before they are allowed to compete in the Formula E Championship.
A driver whom wishes to compete in the Championship must fulfil all of the criteria below, although the FIA may grant a licence on other factors if the opportunity to complete all of the required fields has not arisen. These required elements for the driver include:
- Completion of an FIA training session about Formula E, incorporating electrical safety training, as well as information about the technical and sporting rules in the Championship.
- To have scored 20 points through the FIA's scoring system used to grant Super Licences in the previous three seasons.
Under the rules agreed at the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Mexico City in July 2015, the Formula E Champion will also automatically qualify for an F1 Super Licence.
The idea behind the e-Licence is to ensure that drivers are effectively trained how to use the all-electric powered cars that define Formula E. In that sense, the FIA training session may be considered an essential element to simply being competitive in the Championship, as drivers currently have to adapt their driving styles throughout the season to better control the energy use of their machinery. The e-Licence should also ensure that drivers who are adept at racing in tight conditions, such as those in city centres, fill the Formula E grid and with a good level of experience.
Currently no full list of those who hold an e-Licence has been published by the FIA, meaning it is unclear who, or how many, drivers can compete in Formula E. However, under current regulations the assumption can be made that many of the following will hold an e-Licence in 2015/16.
|Lucas di Grassi||11||Unknown||0||2005-11||Confirmed|
|António Félix da Costa||8||Unknown||40||TBC|
|Nelson Piquet Jr.||11||Unknown||0||2007-09||Confirmed|
|Only includes drivers whom raced in at least one ePrix in the 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship.|
This list is to be modified throughout the summer of 2015, as confirmations about driver line-ups are announced for the upcoming 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship. Note that this is an unofficial list, with FIA Licence points taken from championships that started from January 2012 onwards.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Rules & Regulations: Licence', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/guide/rules-and-regs.aspx, (Accessed 19/07/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Changes to e-Licence system', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/july/changes-made-to-e-licence-system.aspx, (Accessed 11/07/2015)