Qualifying lottery removed for season five

Qualifying has been given a new makeover for the 2018/2019 Formula E, with a revised group qualifying system and the removal of the qualifying lottery.

The changes have been included in the FIA’s FE sporting regulations for its fifth season which will begin in Riyadh on 15 December.

The group qualifying system will consist of four groups of a maximum of six drivers – to reflect HWA joining as FE’s 11th team – with the running order no longer randomly drawn.

The Superpole segment will now contain the fastest six drivers from group qualifying.

Drivers will still be grouped by championship position, but the top six will always be the first to take to the track, with the remaining groups going out in descending standings order.

For the Riyadh race, finishing positions from the 2017/18 championship will determine the drivers in each group.

Harsher penalties 

Driver’s will be given heavier grid penalties for exceeding their allocation of powertrain elements.

Each FE driver – specifically their car number in case of mid-season changes – will be allowed two electric motors, two gearboxes, two inverters and one battery pack for the duration of the championship.

The ‘joker’ change of any of these components has been removed for season five.

Instead of dropping ten grid spots for exceeding the allocation of those components, drivers will lose 20 positions for the next race.

If they cannot drop 20 places, a drive-through and time penalty will be applied.

 

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