Sequence of events on a race weekend
Shakedown (Day before the race): 15 minutes, three laps per driver, 110 kW
Free practice 1: 45 minutes, 250 kW
Free practice 2: 30 minutes, 250 kW
Qualifying: 4 groups of 4 minutes each, one timed lap with 250 kW
Super Pole: 1 lap each for the 6 fastest drivers, 250 kW
Race: 45 minutes plus one lap, 200 kW
Double-header events are held on two days. Each race day is treated like a stand-alone E-Prix.
Each race day has two free practice sessions in which the full power of 250 kW may be used. There is only one 45-minute free practice on the second race day at double-header events.
The 24 drivers are divided into four groups according to the current championship standings. The group of the top six in the championship always begins. Each group has four minutes to achieve the best possible times. Following the so-called “outlap” from the pit lane and one or two warm-up laps at 200 kW of power output, a single “flying” lap may be driven at full power of 250 kW. The six fastest drivers, irrespective from which group, participate in the Super Pole shoot-out in which each driver sets one timed lap again at full power (250 kW). The grid positions result from the lap times of the Super Pole shoot-out (positions 1–6) and the group phase (positions 7–24).
The race – aka the E-Prix – begins with a standing start (no formation lap). The drivers initially stand a few meters behind their actual starting positions before filing into them. The race lasts for 45 minutes plus one lap. The maximum power output in the race is 200 kW.
Amount of energy
Each driver has 52 kWh of energy available for the race. 1 kWh of this amount is subtracted per minute of a safety car deployment or a full-course yellow period.
New since season 5 has been the so-called Activation Zone. When a driver crosses this zone on the track the power output of his car receives a short-term boost to 235 kW. The number of activations and their durations are individually set for each race and announced by the FIA before the race starts. Attack Mode may not be activated during a safety car deployment or full-course yellow period.
Formula E fans have the opportunity to support their favorite drivers with an advantage in the race. Fans can cast their votes within the 4-day voting window before each respective race, which closes 15 minutes into the race itself. Voting can be done via the Formula E website (fanboost.fiaformulae.com) or the Formula E app. The five drivers with the most votes are awarded the so-called FanBoost, which may be activated from the 22nd minute of the race and provides a short-term power boost to 250 kW.
The top ten finishers of each race are awarded points according to the official FIA system, analogous to Formula One: