FIA gives world championship status to Formula E from 2020/21 onward
The all-electric series becomes a world championship from 2020-21 onward.
The ABB Formula E Championship has received the FIA World Championship status from 2020-21 onward after an e-vote within the WMSC.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) undertook an e-vote among its members to grant world championship status to FIA Formula E Championship from 2020-21 season onward with Alejandro Agag and Jean Todt formally signing an agreement as well.
The all-electric single-seater series kicked-off in 2014-15 and has been on for five seasons already with the sixth already underway. It has as many as 10 manufacturers from around the globe with German giants Porsche and Mercedes joining in as well.
Formula E will be the fifth world championship under FIA governance, joining the ranks of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the FIA World Rally Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
FIA President Jean Todt said: "The creation and development of Formula E have been a great adventure. 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 series at the start of the current season, bringing their total number to ten.
"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." At the same time, Chairman of Formula E Alejandro Agag added: "It was always our ambition to one day become a FIA world championship.
"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." As mentioned above, the 2019-20 Formula E season is already under-way with the first round in Saudi Arabia.
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