Formula E was first conceived in Paris during 2011. The former president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Jean Todt presented to businessman Alejandro Agag the idea of a racing series completely run on electric cars. They were looking to bring racing and the idea of environmental sustainability together. Formula E would see its inaugural season in 2014, with the championship race held in Beijing.
The league is currently formed by eleven teams with two drivers on each team. The electric cars used in the races are built in a similar stock to the cars you’d see in an F1 race. To qualify, racers are split into two groups on race day, determined by their rankings in the championship. Each group gets 10 minutes to set the fastest lap at 220kW, with the top four in each group advancing. Racers then compete in a head-to-head at 250kW until there is one winner.
Racers are then positioned corresponding to how they performed in the qualifiers. First place is in position 1, second in position 2, ETC. Points are awarded to racers using the standard FIA scoring system. First place claims 25 points, second claiming 18 points, and third place securing 15 points. Drivers can also be awarded points by having the fastest lap or securing the pole position.
At the end of the race season an individual champion and team champion are crowned. The individual driver championship is awarded to a driver based on their best results. Once it is mathematically impossible for any racer to pass them in points, they are declared the season's champion. A team champion is awarded based on the total points all drivers on a team accumulated across a season.