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Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship, is a top-level class of open-wheeled single-seater motor racing that uses purely electrical cars sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Its first season was the 2014–15 season. The grid consists of eighteen drivers from nine teams driving cars were are homologated for the first season, with teams allowed to start developing their own car parts from 2015–16 onwards.

Former Renault driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. won the first series, and former Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Buemi took the title is the second series.

Links to F1Edit

The main link between Formula E and F1, apart from the FIA (which regulates both) is the large number of personnel which have gone from F1 to Formula E. These ties are set to get stronger too, as the World Motor Sport Council's most recent meeting in Mexico City in July 2015 announced that the Formula E Champion would automatically qualify for a Super Licence.[1]

F1 driversEdit

Note: Only drivers who have completed in a round of the Formula One World Championship are listed here.

Driver FE years F1 years Races
Spain Jaime Alguersuari 2014–2015 2009–2011 9
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2014–present 2009–2011 22
India Karun Chandhok 2014–2015 2010 11
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 2014–present 2011–2012 22
Brazil Lucas di Grassi 2014–present 2010 22
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 2017-present 2013-2014, 2016 1
Germany Nick Heidfeld 2014–present 2000–2011 22
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 2015 2005–2007, 2009–2011 5
France Franck Montagny 2014 2006 2
France Charles Pic 2014–2015 2012–2013 5
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2014–2016 2008–2009 22
France Stéphane Sarrazin 2014–present 1999 22
Japan Takuma Sato 2014 2002–2008 1
Brazil Bruno Senna 2014–2016 2010–2012 21
United States Scott Speed 2015 2006–2007 4
Italy Jarno Trulli 2014–2015 1997–2011 11
France Jean-Éric Vergne 2014–2016 2012–2014 20
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 2015 2003 1
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 2015 1996–2006 2
Japan Sakon Yamamoto 2015 2006–2008, 2010 2
  • Bold indicates Formula E Champion.

F1 peopleEdit

Several other drivers with F1 experience (in testing or practice sessions) have also competed in Formula E, while numerous other people involved (in various respects) are also involved.

ManufacturersEdit

Currently, Renault, engine suppliers for Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso in the 2016 Formula One Season, are a partner in the Formula E Championship, and back one of the teams, e.dams-Renault. From 2015/16, Renault will also build powertrains for Formula E, with the success potentially deciding whether they continue in Formula One or not. Williams and McLaren also currently work with Spark, the manufacturer of the basic Formula E car, providing components such as the battery and powertrain respectively.

The 2016/17 season would see more F1 links formed, as ex-F1 engine supplier BMW partnered with the Andretti Formula E team with the aim of running a factory effort by the 2018/19 season. They would be joining ex-F1 constructor Jaguar Racing, a move which brought Jaguar back to international motorsport for the first time since they sold the original effort to Red Bull. The British marque would make their bow at the start of the third season of FE, having formed a partnership with Williams as they also increased their involvement in the series.

NotesEdit

  1. 'WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL 2015 - MEXICO', fia.com, (FIA, 10/07/2015), http://www.fia.com/news/world-motor-sport-council-2015-mexico, (Accessed 11/07/2015)

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