Formula E reveal format changes for new season

Formula E have revealed key changes to its race format for the 2023 season, plus confirmation that fast-charging will be introduced


Formula E have announced they will revert to lapped races rather than the 45 minutes+1 lap format that has been used in recent seasons.

The first four season of Formula E saw the traditional system of a specific number of laps, but since the introduction of Gen2 in Season 5, timed races were introduced.

Now, they will go back to the lap format, with safety car periods or full course yellows to be be compensated by added laps, which is used in other motorsport series such as the BTCC.

Attack Charge to make its debut

The other big news is the long-awaited technology of fast charging will make its Formula E debut at selected races in Season 9, which begins in Mexico City on January 14.

It will be called Attack Charge and will see a mandatory 30-second pit stop during a pre-determined period in the race which will unlock two enhanced Attack Mode periods to be deployed later in the E-Prix.

When used, the power output will increase from 300kW to 350kW which is the same advantage of the normal Attack Mode system. At races where Attack Charge is not used, Attack Mode will remain.

The new fast charging technology comes in as part of a new era for Formula E as Gen3 begins.

As confirmed earlier this year, Fan Boost has been scrapped and the much-liked qualifying duels format will be maintained.

Rookie drivers in FP1 sessions

Following the footsteps of Formula 1, each team must use a driver who has never competed in Formula E in at least two of the Free Practice 1 sessions at an event.

“The goal is to give up-and-coming drivers the chance to experience the unique qualities of Formula E racing and to contribute to the progress of the team,” read a statement from the championship.

Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle said: “Our updated sporting regulations are evidence of the continued evolution and positive impact of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for drivers, teams, partners and fans into the consumer EV world.

Credit: Formula E

“The combination of sporting enhancements, a step change in car performance, cutting-edge battery technology and the innovation of Attack Charge will make our racing more competitive and entertaining while showcasing the future for EV development.

“This is at the heart of what Formula E set out to achieve and we look forward to seeing the new generation come to life in Season 9.”

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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