New superpole format for Formula E

The FIA Formula E Championship will introduce a new superpole qualifying format for the series’ second season.

As reported by Autosport, the all-electric championship will hold an additional five-car 15-minute shootout for pole position in the 2015/16 season, as part of a wider qualifying overhaul that seeks to add to the drama witnessed in the inaugural season.

Drivers will now have 200kw of power available to them during qualifying, while the existing format of four sessions featuring five drivers in each will be shorted to just six minutes each, making for a more frenetic and fast-paced build up to the pole winning lap.

The fastest drivers from each session will then progress to the shootout, running from slowest to fastest, with each driver leaving the pitlane when the preceding competitor has started their flying lap.

Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, stated that the introduction of the superpole approach was a priority for the upcoming season: “Pushing the car to the limit and brushing against the walls around a street circuit in qualifying is a real spectacle and one of the highlights of a Formula E event.”

The superpole concept has been ratified by the series but is still subject to World Motorsport Council approval.

The 2015/16 Formula E season starts in Beijing on 24th October.

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