Formula One, formerly known as the FIA Formula One World Championship is a racing series organised by the FIA. F1 as it is often identified, serves as the top level of competition in single seater racing, with the Formula E Champion gaining a Super Licence for their efforts. Unlike Formula E, however, F1 has been run since 1950, and features combustion engines instead of electrical energy.
Links to Formula E
The FIA opted to create the FIA Formula E Championship instead of forcing a sudden move in Formula One from petrol powered machinery to all electric cars. Although technologically different, and many in F1 questioning the true potential of Formula E, several figures from the premier motorsport category have flown their colours in Formula E.
Below is a list of drivers whom have contested in both ePrix in Formula E and Grand Prix in Formula One, with their years in both series also shown:
|Formula One & Formula E Drivers|
|Driver||FE years||F1 years|
|Lucas di Grassi||2014–2018||2010|
|Kamui Kobayashi||2017||2009-2012, 2014|
|Vitantonio Liuzzi||2015||2005–2007, 2009–2011|
|Felipe Massa||2018-present||2002, 2004-2017|
|Nelson Piquet, Jr.||2014–2018||2008–2009|
- Bold indicates Formula E Champion.
- Italics indicate a Formula One World Champion
To compete in Formula E, a driver must hold an e-Licence, similar to an F1 driver requiring a Super Licence to race. In order to qualify for an e-Licence, a driver must have acquired at least 20 points according to the FIA's Super Licence system, designed specifically for Formula One. A former holder of a Super Licence automatically qualifies for an e-Licence, while the Formula E Champion will (from 2015/16 onward) automatically gain an F1 Super Licence.
Other than drivers, several other figures from Formula One have also taken up the challenge of Formula E, either as team owners or in a testing or development role for the Championship. These people include:
- Michael Andretti (Owner)
- Adrián Campos (Owner)
- Mark Preston (Team Principal)
- Alain Prost (Owner)
- Aguri Suzuki (Owner)
- Jarno Trulli (Owner/Driver)
Principal sponsors from Formula One have also become involved in Formula E, such as Sir Richard Branson's Virgin group, which run the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team in the Championship.
At present, Renault dedicate resources to both Formula One and Formula E, with their involvement in the latter set to increase through their partnership with e.dams. Well known F1 manufacturers Williams and McLaren have also worked closely with Formula E, providing parts for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E for the inaugural season. Tyre manufacturer Michelin look set to entwine their operations in Formula E with a return to Formula One, although this move is yet to be officially confirmed.
For 2015/16, McLaren provided an upgrade to their original powertrain to Mahindra Racing, increasing their involvement in the Championship, while also providing updates to the original Spark-Renault design. Williams also deepened their involvement in Formula E during the 2015/16 season, announcing a partnership with ex-F1 outfit Jaguar Racing, set to debut in 2016/17.
Although Formula E is advertised as a street series, there has been overlap of circuit use between F1 and Formula E. One of the most famous circuits in the world, the Circuit de Monaco, host of the legendary Monaco Grand Prix was modified for Formula E during the inaugural season. For 2015/16, Formula E will use the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, home of a reborn Mexican Grand Prix, again on a modified version of the Grand Prix layout.
Furthermore, Formula E provides links back to Formula One's forgotten past, conjuring images of famous events left to history. The final two races of the first ever Formula E season brought racing back to the streets of London, after Crystal Palace played host to several non-Championship F1 level races in the 1950s and 1960s, instead hosted in the grounds of Battersea Park. Furthermore, Formula E's zero emission philosophy encouraged the Swiss government to reverse a 60 year old law to allow motorsport to make a return to Helvetica. Ultimately, the city of Zürich would become the first host of an international race in Switzerland for 64 years when it hosted the 2018 Zürich E-Prix on the 10 June 2018.
For more information on Formula One, try out one of the following sites, including our sister Wiki, the Formula One Wiki.
Videos and Images:
- '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)
- Chowdhury, Saj, 'Formula E: First season of electric car racing ends in Battersea Park', bbc.co.uk, (British Broadcasting Company Sport, 2015), http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motorsport/33224456, (Accessed 19/07/2015)
- 'Renault confirms manufacturer entry for season two', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/renault-confirms-manufacturer-entry-for-season-two.aspx, (Accessed 29/06/2015)
- 'Jaguar returns to global motor sport', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/jaguar-returns-to-racing.aspx, (Accessed 15/12/2015)
- 'Prince Albert welcomes Formula E to Monaco', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/10/2013), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2013/october/prince-albert-welcomes-formula-e-to-monaco.aspx, (Accessed 25/05/2015)
- 'Mexico City to host round five of 2015-2016 season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/11/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/november/mexico-city-to-host-round-five-of-2015-2016-season.aspx, (Accessed 19/11/2015)
- 'Green light for 'double header' London ePrix in Battersea Park', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/02/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/february/london-formula-e-race-gets-green-light.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- 'Law change lays foundation for potential Swiss ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/03/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/law-change-lays-foundation-for-potential-swiss-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 21/11/2015)
- 'Formula E brings racing return to Switzerland', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/formula-e-brings-racing-return-to-switzerland/, (Accessed 22/09/2017)
|FIA Formula E|
|FIA Formula E Championship • Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy • Extreme E Championship • Roborace|
|Other FIA Series|
|Formula One • FIA Formula 2 Championship • World Endurance Championship|
|Other Electric Series|
|E TCR • ERA Championship • FIM MotoE World Cup • FIA Electric GT|