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Formula E Considers World Championship Status Bid

Formula E could be granted full FIA World Championship status for 2019-20…

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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship could be granted full World Championship status for its 2019-20 season, e-racing365 has learned.

Plans to apply for the status have become more serious in recent months with manufacturers and teams having been recently informed that a formal proposal could be submitted early next year.

World Championship status is granted to series that can evidence they race on multiple continents and Formula E will compete in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America in the upcoming season.

A formal submission must also be given to the FIA World Motorsport Council which sits, considers and votes on such a proposal.

Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag told e-racing365 last month that World Championship status was “a future possibility, but not currently not a massive priority.”

“I think there is a desire from some but it is not at the top of the agenda at the moment really,” he said.

Now though, the desirability seems to have escalated for the all-electric championship which has attracted multiple manufacturers and high-profile global brands as partners in recent seasons.

The commercial element of becoming a World Championship is known to be a significant amount for manufacturers, with customer teams paying significantly less for the World Championship status to be formalized.

NIO team principal Gerry Hughes believes that “careful thought and discussion” is needed regarding the possible elevation to World Championship standing.

“Clearly there is a cost to the competitors and the promoter associated with it going from what it is today to going full World Championship status,” Hughes told e-racing365.

“I think it would be great for Formula E as a championship to be known as a World Championship, but to increase the entry costs to our governing body needs some careful thought and discussion.”

The FIA’s current World Championships are the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, FIA World Rally Championship, FIA World Rallycross Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Chris

    October 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

    It’s a bit silly really since FE is already more important than 3 of those FIA World Championships. Everyone already considers it a world championship on the same level as those others.

  2. Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

    October 20, 2018 at 9:13 am

    This series has to be the most popular series that nobody much watches.

  3. JaymondoGB

    October 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    yeah,have to disagree, Im a big motor sports fan, and the milk float series, is well behind those three mentioned FIA Championships. Maybe one day

  4. Bernd

    October 23, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Saved as a favorite, I lolve your site!

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