motorsport

Motorsport Bookmakers Celebrate Formula E Changes

22/10/21

- Grant Whittington

The world of all-electric Formula E racing has grown enormously in popularity since it was first launched in 2014. Motorsport bookmakers have taken note and added markets for racing fans. What hasn’t been a hit, however, is the group qualifying system introduced in the 2018-2019 season. And no surprises too, as it effectively penalised the best-placed drivers in the championship.

Since drivers were split into qualifying groups of six each, and in descending championship order, the result had been that the best drivers had ended up having to face the worst track conditions – and more often than not, have to start near the very back of the grid.

While this has been effective for keeping the competition open to and accessible by new talent, it naturally frustrated drivers no end, with many criticizing the format to be unfair and too controlled.

But that’s all about to change.

About The New Format

Following an approval by the FIA Motor Sport Council, a whole new qualifying format has now been approved for the 2022 season. The format is to involve a knockout phase that will pitch the quickest drivers in head-to-head contests to decide starting position. This will make for even more exciting wagering at motorsport bookmakers.

During the initial phase, the new approach will divide the 22-car-grid into two groups of 11 each. Then, only from the second race will starts be determined by each driver’s placement on the championships table.

Each group will also be given a 10-minute track session to post a so-called “flying” lap. No limits will be imposed on the number of laps any one driver is able to set during this frame of time. During this particular lap, 220kW power, or 295bhp, will be the rule.

Next will be elimination-style quarter final and semi-final rounds, leaving only two cars to ultimately battle it out for pole position on the grid. During these rounds, the power output will be increased to 250kW, or 335bhp. New betting sites offering live odds will need to then adjust these accordingly.  

More Consistency For Fans

According to a statement released by the sport in response to the FIA’s approval of the new format, drivers who competed in the group of the winning driver of the final head-to-head will be classed in odd positions, and those finishing in positions 5 to 12 will be classified in the even positions.

The idea behind the new format is largely to remove a historical unpredictability brought about by sending the sport’s best drivers onto tracks not yet “rubbered in”. This meant different race winners every season, which has been blamed for the sport’s failure to engage a regular and growing audience. It will also increase the sport’s popularity with motorsport bookmakers.

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