PARIS – Formula E has been granted world championship status by the FIA, in a vote that will see the series recognized as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship beginning with the 2020/21 season.
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the governing and sanctioning body for world motorsport, and sitting members of the FIA World Motor Sport Council recently voted upon and agreed to move forward with certifying Formula E as an FIA world championship.
Formula E Founder and Chairman Alejandro Agag – alongside FIA President Jean Todt – signed the agreement together at FIA headquarters at Place de la Concorde in Paris to officially confirm world championship status for season seven.
“It was always our ambition to one day become an FIA world championship,” said Agag. “Everything we have done and delivered to this point has been working towards this particular moment in time. Achieving the feat and being granted with FIA world championship status adds more credibility to what is already a fully-fledged formula of racing and a spectacular sporting product. This agreement and announcement truly puts Formula E in the top tier of international single-seater racing. It has been a tremendous effort from many people involved and none of it would have been possible without the support of FIA President Jean Todt and the federation, as well as the dedication and commitment shown by our teams and partners. Now we can say we have done it. But it is only the beginning of a new chapter under the banner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”
“The creation and development of Formula E has been a great adventure,” said Todt. “I am proud that today we confirm its FIA world championship status. Since we started this journey, Formula E has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength. Within a short timeframe, the series has proven itself relevant for the automotive industry with two more major car manufacturers having joined the championship at the start of the current season, bringing the total number to 10. The commitment and professionalism of those manufacturers and their respective teams is mirrored in the quality of the driver roster, which has improved with every season. Since its first race in Beijing in 2014 and with every E-Prix thereafter, Formula E has proven that the concept of cutting-edge electric racing works. I wholeheartedly welcome Formula E as the latest FIA world championship.”
Did you miss out on our Black Friday Digital Subscription deal? Worry not because we’ve got a Cyber Monday deal for you! Now through Friday, you can purchase a 12-month digital subscription to either SPEEDSPORT.com or SprintCarandMidget.com for $1 per month/$12 per year! Click the banner below to subscribe today!