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Formula One, formerly known as the FIA Formula One World Championship is a racing series organised by the FIAF1 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.[1] 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.[2]


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
Flag of Spain.png Jaime Alguersuari 2014–2015 2009–2011
Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi 2014–2018 2009–2011
Flag of India.png Karun Chandhok 2014–2015 2010
Flag of Belgium.png Jérôme d'Ambrosio 2014–2018 2011–2012
Flag of France.png Pierre Gasly 2017 2017-present
Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi 2014–2018 2010
Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 2014–2018 2000–2011
Flag of Japan.png Kamui Kobayashi 2017 2009-2012, 2014
Flag of Italy.png Vitantonio Liuzzi 2015 2005–2007, 2009–2011
Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer 2017-18 2014
Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 2018-present 2002, 2004-2017
Flag of France.png Franck Montagny 2014 2006
Flag of France.png Charles Pic 2014–2015 2012–2013
Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2014–2018 2008–2009
Flag of France.png Stéphane Sarrazin 2014–2017 1999
Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato 2014 2002–2008
Flag of Brazil.png Bruno Senna 2014–2016 2010–2012
Flag of the United States.png Scott Speed 2015 2006–2007
Flag of Italy.png Jarno Trulli 2014–2015 1997–2011
Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne 2018-present 2016-2018
Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne 2014–2018 2012–2014
Flag of Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 2015 1996-2006
Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein 2019-present 2016-2017
Flag of the United Kingdom.png Justin Wilson 2015 2003
Flag of Japan.png Sakon Yamamoto 2015 2006-2011
Flag of Italy.png Antonio Giovinazzi 2022-present 2017, 2019-2021
  • 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.[1] 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.[1]


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:

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.[3] 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.[4] 


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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

More Information

For more information on Formula One, try out one of the following sites, including our sister Wiki, the Formula One Wiki.


Videos and Images:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Changes to e-Licence system',, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2015),, (Accessed 11/07/2015)
  2. Chowdhury, Saj, 'Formula E: First season of electric car racing ends in Battersea Park',, (British Broadcasting Company Sport, 2015),, (Accessed 19/07/2015)
  3. 'Renault confirms manufacturer entry for season two',, (FIA Formula E, 29/06/2015),, (Accessed 29/06/2015)
  4. 'Jaguar returns to global motor sport',, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2015),, (Accessed 15/12/2015)
  5. 'Prince Albert welcomes Formula E to Monaco',, (FIA Formula E, 16/10/2013),, (Accessed 25/05/2015)
  6. 'Mexico City to host round five of 2015-2016 season',, (FIA Formula E, 19/11/2015),, (Accessed 19/11/2015)
  7. 'Green light for 'double header' London ePrix in Battersea Park',, (FIA Formula E, 19/02/2015),, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  8. 'Law change lays foundation for potential Swiss ePrix',, (FIA Formula E, 16/03/2015),, (Accessed 21/11/2015)
  9. 'Formula E brings racing return to Switzerland',, (FIA Formula E, 21/09/2017),, (Accessed 22/09/2017)
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