Formula E has revamped its qualifying format ahead of its second season with the launch of a new ‘Super Pole’ stage.
In season one, drivers were randomly divided into four groups of five that would head out on track one by one, with the grid being formed by the fastest times that were posted across the course of the session.
For season two, the random grouping will return, but the session has been cut down to just six minutes. This means that each driver will only have time for an outlap, a full power flying lap and an in-lap.
The fastest driver from each of the four groups and the quickest second-place finisher will qualify for the ‘Super Pole’ fifth stage, which will last for 15 minutes.
All five drivers will go out on track one by one in reverse order from their lap times (fifth-fastest goes first, then fourth-fastest, and so on). When one driver starts his flying lap, the pit lane light will show green to allow the next driver to begin their outlap.
The quickest driver in the Super Pole stage will collect three points for pole position, with the top five then being defined by the fastest times. The rest of the grid will be formed by the classification of lap times from the first four stages as per season one.
“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,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said.
“With this new qualifying format it will ensure the battle for pole position will go down to the wire – as the name suggests it’s ‘super’!”
The statement from Formula E does confirm that “the Super Pole concept is currently subject to ratification by the FIA World Motor Sport Council”, meaning it is still to be formally confirmed.
The second Formula E season kicks off in Beijing on October 24.