Formula E ushers in new era as FIA World Championship

What started as nothing more than a shared dream between Formula E Founder Alejandro Agag and FIA President Jean Todt, sketched on the back of a napkin back in 2011, has developed into the fastest growing and most competitive motorsport series on the planet. Ahead of the 2020/21 season, Formula E gains World Championship status to become the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

After six seasons of racing on the streets of the world's most progressive cities, Formula E gained World Championship status, a move granted by the FIA, motorsport's governing body, back in December 2019.

“It was always our ambition to one day become an FIA World Championship. Everything we have done and delivered has been working towards this particular moment," said Formula E founder and chairman Alejandro Agag at the time.

"This 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 but it is only the beginning of a new chapter under the banner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”

“The creation and development of Formula E has been a great adventure. I am proud that today we confirm its FIA world championship status," added FIA President Jean Todt.

"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. 

“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.”

Our journey

In nine years, Formula E has grown from a simple idea noted on the back of a napkin, to a grid full of the biggest names in motorsport.

Champions have been crowned and heroes made, and from Season 7, the most competitive line up of teams, drivers and manufacturers in motor racing will fight for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, as the race for a better, cleaner future continues.

Before we get to the start of the 2020/21 campaign proper, take a trip through Formula E's history in full, and catch up with everything you need to know from pre-season testing.