Formula E to be an FIA World Championship in 2020

Formula E has been awarded world championship status from the FIA for the start of the 2020/2021 season, the FIA has confirmed.

The series will enter its seventh season next year, and has gone from strength to strength, attracting a number of manufacturers, including Mercedes, BMW and Porsche for this season, and now has 10 teams competing in the all-electric championship.

Formula E currently travels to 14 races across five continents, and it’s international status and growing momentum with drivers and teams has led to its FIA status being granted, and will become the sixth world championship under FIA governance, after Formula 1, WRC, WEC,World Rallycross and World Karting championship.

In a statement released by the 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.”

Formula E Chairman, Alejandro Agag, also 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.”