Fanboost could be expanded in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with five drivers set to be awarded additional power in races.
The interactive initiative, which allows fans to cast electronic votes during each E-Prix weekend, has previously given an extra 100 kJ of energy to three drivers in the second half of each race.
E-racing365 has learned that five drivers could now have the 25kW of additional power in the new-look timed races, in an effort to offer additional unpredictability and create more chances for overtaking.
While previously running to laps, Season Five will see timed races of 45 minutes plus one lap as well as the use of ‘attack mode’ periods.
It’s understood the Fanboost expansion could be ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting in St. Petersburg on Dec. 5.
According to a new draft of the 2018-19 sporting regulations, which was made public on Tuesday, Fanboost will only be available from 22 minutes onwards in each race.
Additionally, the Fanboost nomination period will now open six days prior to each race, rather than the previous seven, with any fastest lap set under the additional power not counting towards the additional championship point for fastest lap of the race.
Fanboost System “As Robust as Ever”
Fanboost remains a key marketing asset for the championship as a popular fan participation tool and has been one of the unique features of the all-electric championship since its first races in 2014.
It’s given to the drivers that receive the greatest number of votes on the defined social media platforms controlled by Formula E and adjudicated by Telescope, a company which certifies the votes.
Telescope manages similar voting systems for well-known TV programs such as The Voice, American Idol, and Dancing With The Stars.
Last season, a Formula E spokesperson described Fanboost “as robust as ever” following unsubstantiated but widely reported criticism by some drivers that certain votes were being collated using so-called ‘automated bots.’