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New Strategy Group Meets in Geneva

A new Formula E meeting group has met at the FIA’s base in Geneva this week….

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A fresh meeting group comprising of Formula Team chiefs met for the first time in Geneva on Monday.

The gathering, which is currently informally known as the ‘Formula E Strategy Working Group’, has been discussing a variety of important topics.

The meeting, which did not feature any FIA or Formula E personnel, is not part of the governance structure of Formula E. The FIA provided office space for a meeting to take place.

The only governance structure recognised by the FIA and Formula E are the Sporting and Technical Working Groups, the Formula E Committee and the Electric and New Energy Championship Commission [ENECC].

These inform the World Motorsport Council which the meets at least four times a year to decide on rules, regulations, safety and development of motor sport at every level from karting to Formula One.

Among the agenda believed to have been discussed on Monday was a review of the first four races of Formula E’s Gen 2 era.

Covered among this subject was a look back at how the races have gone in terms of the new timed race format and the use of the Attack Zones placed at each circuit.

In addition to the review, future approaches for the all-electric championship are also believed to have been discussed including the possibility of having the flexibility to elongate races in the future.

E-racing365 revealed earlier this month that some discussions had already taken place regarding the likelihood of races featuring additional laps or a ‘stop the clock’ scenario being implemented.

Several further topics are believed to be on the table including the continued cost-efficiency of the series as it looks ahead to its third rules set which will debut at the end of 2022.

E-racing365 reported last month that the Gen 2 cars would race for an additional season in 2021-22 beyond the original three-season lifespan of the new hardware.

The current cars will undergo a cosmetic update ahead of the 2020-21 season, halfway through their four-year lifespan.

Monday’s Strategy Working Group meeting precedes a sitting of the Technical Working Group, taking place in Geneva today.

Further discussions on concepts for the Gen 3 cars are also set to be discussed. These are likely to include fast-charging possibilities for future race formats.

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

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