Detailed analysis: All changes to the Sporting Regulations for the 2024 Formula E World Championship at a glance
A few days before the next meeting of the World Motorsport Council, the FIA has made the complete Sporting Regulations for the 2024 Formula E season public. In addition to some adjustments for the fast-charging pit stops called attack charge, there will be a number of other rule changes in Formula E next year. e-Formula.news has taken a close look at all the changes and gives you a comprehensive overview ahead of season 10.
Every year, the FIA makes adjustments to the regulations in order to react to new circumstances, changed procedures or incidents. Due to the introduction of the attack charge, this year there were significantly more than usual. The following changes to the regulations for the 2024 season deserve a mention here.
Article 3: General Conditions
A new addition to the Sporting Regulations is that a team competing in the series for the first time may now be given one year to achieve the mandatory 3-star award in the FIA's Environmental Accreditation Programme.
Article 4: Licences
The restriction that a Formula E Rookie can participate in a 1st Free Practice session has been removed. This is a consequence of the race series instead running a separate "zero" Free Practice session, as was held as part of the Rome E-Prix.
Article 6: Formula E World Championship
An error has been fixed regarding the awarding of points: previously, the article stated that points are awarded "per event". Correctly, however, it should read "per race", as points are of course awarded twice in a double-header.
It has been clarified that the team principal of the world team champion must appear at the official FIA gala, previously there was only talk of the first three drivers and the team principal here. In case of absence, a fine of up to 50,000 euros can be imposed to drivers and teams.
Article 11: FIA delegates
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile shall additionally nominate one e-Safety Delegate and one Environmental Officer at the Events.
Article 12: Officials
The local Automobile Association shall additionally nominate a Rescue Chief before an E-Prix.
Article 13: Competitors' (teams) applications
The entry fee for teams increases from 106,060 euros to 123,030 euros.
Article 16: Incidents
It has been added that time penalties of five or ten seconds must be served at the next pit stop or the attack charge: the car must first come to a halt in the pits, after which as many seconds must elapse as were imposed as a penalty. Only then may the car be worked on or charged during the attack charge. Touching the car or the driver is considered as working on the car.
This rule also applies in the case of a safety car or full course yellow. Here, however, a driver may only serve the time penalty if he was already in the pit lane at the time when the race was called to be neutralised.
During a 10-second stop-and-go penalty, no work at all may be done on the car.
If a driver is classified outside the top 10, a time penalty can be converted into a grid penalty for the next race. Previously, this was only possible if the driver did not finish the race.
Article 21: Car livery
The reference that both cars of a team must have substantially similar livery has been deleted. The camera housing on one of the two cars must always be yellow, previously it only said "fluorescent".
Article 22: Track testing
The passage that a driver may have taken part in a maximum of two official test days in order to be eligible for the rookie test has been deleted.
Article 23: Pit entry, Pit lane & Pit exit
Teams are now allowed to put pit stops marks for the drivers in the pit lane. However, they must always remove these after the event.
The race director may now, in exceptional cases, direct drivers to drive out of the garage into the pit lane even before the green light illuminates.
Article 24: Scrutineering & administrative checks
Cars are now under parc-ferme conditions not after initial scrutineering but at the start of the event.
Article 25: Tyres & Tyre restrictions during events
It is prohibited to remove tyre wheel assembly from the designated area more than five minutes before the opening of the pit lane prior to a practice or qualifying session.
Article 27: General car & personnel requirements
It has been added that new staff who are allowed to be on site in addition to the 27 regular staff members must never have previously taken on an operational role at an E-Prix during the season.
Other team personnel or guests of the team may only be in the "viewing area" of the pit when the track is "live", i.e. from five minutes before the start of a practice session or from the grid procedure before the start of the race.
Article 28: Spare cars, motors, batteries, gearboxes
The rule introduced last year that each team may use two jokers for MGU, gearbox and inverter with the exceptional approval of the FIA has been deleted again.
Article 30: General safety
It has been added that violations of the promoter's operational fire safety requirements may result in a disqualification.
Article 31: Practice sessions
Added here that cars should drive into their garages when they arrive at the pits in the event of a red flag.
Article 32: Free practice
The FIA is now allowed to set different rules for the shakedown in order to carry on specific tests there. The use of the maximum power of 350 kW may only be done in accordance with the specifications of the battery manufacturer.
Article 33: Qualifying
The requirement to report the tyres used ten minutes before the start of qualifying has been deleted. It was also clarified that drivers whose lap time was deleted in a duel will be placed behind the drivers who achieved a valid lap time.
A driver who stops on the track during qualifying will only not be allowed to take part in the rest of qualifying if he cannot rejoin by his own means. Previously, this applied to any driver who stopped on the track.
Article 36: Starting procedure
Again, the requirement to report the tyres used ten minutes before the start of the race has been removed. Should a driver needs assistance after the 15 seconds signal before the race start, the starting procedure will be interrupted so that Marshals can push the car into the pit lane. When the dummy grid is cleared, the starting procedure will be continued.
It has also been added that in the event of a start behind the safety car, the race time behind the safety car will be counted for the purpose of determining the number of added laps.
Article 37: Racing
The attack mode now does not necessarily have to be activated twice. It has also been clarified that a driver may not activate attack mode in his first two laps. Previously, a driver would have been allowed to do so if the leader had already completed the second lap of the race at that point.
The reference that an additional quantity of energy is allocated in attack mode has been deleted. The note that attack charge is to be used in selected races has been replaced with a reference to a circular before the start of an event.
Besides the two people needed for charging, no other team personnel are allowed to be in the area in front of the pit lane during the fast charge. Also, tyre changes are not allowed before the end of the charging process.
Teams are prohibited from queueing both cars to perform the attack charge. Only one car may be in the pits at any one time during the attack charge. During the attack charge, a minimum standing time must also be adhered to.
The attack charge may only be used if the battery is in a predefined window regarding its state of charge. If a driver has not yet used an attack charge and the race is abandoned, a stop-and-go penalty and an additional 20 seconds will be added to his race time.
Article 40: Suspending a race
In the event of a race stoppage, instead of stopping the timekeeping system, only the race time will now be stopped, race laps will be counted.
Article 41: Resuming a race
The race time covered in a restart under safety car conditions until the green flag is given or until the starting lights go out will count towards the added laps.
Appendix 2: Podium Ceremony
Instead of being laid out on a table to the side of the podium, the four trophies shall now be on four individual plinths. This was already done in exactly the same way in the previous season.
There will now be exclusively digital flags at the awards ceremony, displayed in 16:9 format above the podium. Instead of green or dark blue carpet, the podium flour will now be covered with non-slip vinyl.
Instead of three persons for the presentation of the trophies, the number of persons present may now be individually determined. However, they must always be on the same side of the podium. The presenter of the podium ceremony must now no longer be identical with the Master of Ceremonies. In addition, the obligation of the presenter to be visible to the audience when calling on the winners is removed.
The passage that no TV cameraman may be present at the award ceremony has been deleted.
Three water bottles, towels and caps must be available for the drivers in the parc ferme. The drivers must be given the winners' caps after leaving the cars and the subsequent weighing procedure, which they must wear on their heads for all televised moments.
Appendix 3: Rules of Organisation
Each race winner must be available for a period of one hour for Formula E virtual media activities during the period from Monday to Wednesday after a race. The title winner must even be available for media activities for the entire day on the Monday after the last race of the season.
The drivers are not entitled to be paid for this, in case of non-appearance or lateness the incident will be reported to the race stewards.