It’s great news for Envision Virgin Racing as Formula E has been awarded World Championship Status from next year.
The all-electric series, in which Envision Virgin Racing competes, will be certified for its 2020-21 championship after a vote by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for motorsport.
This puts Formula E on par with Formula 1, the only other single-seater racing series currently recognised as a world championship.
Founder and chairman of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, finalised the agreement at the FIA headquarters at Place de la Concorde in Paris to confirm world championship status for season seven. He said: “It was always our ambition to one day become an 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 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.”
This announcement means that the most competitive line-up of teams and drivers in motorsport will be competing for the newly named ABB FIA Formula E World Championship title next season.
Jean Todt said: “The creation and development of Formula E has 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 championship at the start of the current season, bringing the total number to 10.
“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. Since its first race in Beijing in 2014 and with every E-Prix thereafter, Formula E has proven that the concept of cutting-edge electric racing works. I wholeheartedly welcome Formula E as the latest FIA world championship.”
The announcement follows Formula E’s most successful season to date, which saw nine different race winners – and Envision Virgin Racing finishing the season in third.
Envision Virgin Racing will be back in action on January 18th at the Santiago E-Prix. For all the latest news, head to the Envision Virgin Racing website.