Formula E has published the schedule for season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, featuring new venues in Seoul and London as part of the longest and most comprehensive calendar to date.
The 2019/20 calendar was ratified following the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Paris, comprising of 14 races in 12 cities and covering four continents. The busiest season yet of electric racing will get underway with a double-header in Ad Diriyah in November, stopping off in Seoul for the first time in May and once again coming to a close in London in July.
There’re not just exciting new race locations to look forward to next season, but new teams too, with the eagerly-awaited arrival of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche – taking the total number of cars to 24 and completing a full grid for the opening rounds in Ad Diriyah on November 22 & 23.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship moves from the Middle East and travels onwards to Santiago, Mexico City, Hong Kong and returning to Rome for the first instalment of the voestalpine European races.
2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship – Calendar
Round City Country Date
1 Ad Diriyah Saudi Arabia November 22, 2019
2 Ad Diriyah Saudi Arabia November 23, 2019
3 TBC TBC December 14, 2019
4 Santiago Chile January 18, 2020
5 Mexico City Mexico February 15, 2020
6 Hong Kong China March 1, 2020
7 TBC China March 21, 2020
8 Rome Italy April 4, 2020
9 Paris France April 18, 2020
10 Seoul South Korea May 3, 2020
11 Berlin Germany May 30, 2020
12 New York City USA June 20, 2020
13 London UK July 25, 2020
14 London UK July 26, 2020
The racing picks up again in Paris, with a short stop-over in Seoul soon after, followed by Berlin to round out the European leg. Monaco misses out for a season – rotating on a bi-annual basis as in previous years.
Formula E then crosses the pond to the Big Apple for the penultimate event of the season in New York City, with London re-joining the calendar for the title-decider over the course of two days at ExCeL London on July 25 & 26.
In addition to issuing the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar, alterations have also been made to the sporting regulations, which are set to be introduced for season six.
New for next season, drivers will have an additional 10kW of power available when using ATTACK MODE, rising from 225kW to 235kW. Also, drivers won’t be able to activate ATTACK MODE under Full Course Yellow (FCY), or when the safety car is deployed – meaning the drivers will have to go off the racing line to activate ATTACK MODE under normal race conditions and retain the risk of losing positions.
Furthermore, to enhance the effects of energy management, during safety car periods or under FCY, a fixed quantity of energy – equal to 1kWh per minute for the duration of the caution period – will be subtracted from the total energy remaining in each car. This measure will ensure that drivers will no longer be able to save energy by driving at lower speeds under FCY or behind the safety car.
The FIA has also released more details on the extended cycle of the Gen2 car, through to the end of season eight. The extension of an additional season was agreed together with manufacturers, taking into account stability of the rules and cost control. However, further updates to car performance and regulation changes can be made during this cycle, including increase of power, improvements to the battery and an evolution of the design and bodywork.
More points will also be on offer in season six, with an additional point handed out to the fastest driver in the qualifying group stages. The driver who secures Julius Baer pole position still picks-up three points as in previous years – as well as one point being awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap finishing in the top-10 of the final classification.
Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Deputy CEO of Formula E, said: “Next season promises to be one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated in the short history of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. More races and new faces, with the incredible new additions of Seoul and London, as well as the inclusion of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Looking at the list of cities and capitals backing Formula E and the electric movement, it’s the longest and most comprehensive calendar to date. Alongside the tweaks made to the sporting regulations, the racing has the prospect to be even more intense and unpredictable than ever. We have three rounds remaining this season and a title fight that’s wide open, but I already can’t wait to get started again in Ad Diriyah in November.”
His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA), said: “Formula E’s arrival in Saudi Arabia was a watershed moment for the Kingdom, one that thousands witnessed together.
“The 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix united our nation’s people, our families, through its racing, its exhilarating action, its heroes and its incredible entertainment. Achieved thanks to the ambitions of Vision 2030, it was the biggest festival of sport, music and culture the Kingdom has ever seen.
“This year, in November, we look forward to igniting the biggest season of motor racing for Formula E yet, we’re ready to welcome even more international visitors, and we we’re excited to create another unforgettable moment for our people.”
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: “In 2018 the track proved itself as a world-class venue for thrilling motorsport, hailed by racers as one of the most exiting they have faced.
“This year sees even more teams join the Formula E championship, with Porsche and Mercedes entering the fray. This will fire up Saudi Arabia’s passion for motorsports we are ready to welcome Formula E back.”