Extra point in qualifying and Attack Mode rule changes for season six

Formula E has announced a raft of rule changes for season six that included the forbidden use of Attack mode under any cautions and an extra point in qualifying. 

Attack mode has seen some significant changes as drivers have been given an additional 10kW of power available when using Attack mode rising from 225kW to 235kW.

Also, drivers won’t be able to activate Attack Mode under Full Course Yellow (FCY), or when the safety car is deployed – meaning the drivers will have to go off the racing line to activate Attack Mode under normal race conditions and retain the risk of losing positions.

Furthermore, to enhance the effects of energy management, during safety car periods or under FCY, a fixed quantity of energy – equal to 1kWh per minute for the duration of the caution period – will be subtracted from the total energy remaining in each car.

This measure will ensure that drivers will no longer be able to save energy by driving at lower speeds under FCY or behind the safety car.

The FIA has also released more details on the extended cycle of the Gen2 car, through to the end of season eight.

The extension of an additional season was agreed together with manufacturers, taking into account the stability of the rules and cost control.

Further updates to car performance and regulation changes can be made during this cycle, including an increase of power, improvements to the battery and evolution of the design and bodywork.

More points will also be on offer in season six, with an additional point handed out to the fastest driver in the qualifying group stages. The driver who secures Julius Baer pole position still picks-up three points – as well as one point being awarded to the driver who sets the fastest lap finishing in the top-10 of the final classification.

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