Formula E: What’s new for Season 9?

Season 9 will mark a historic campaign for Maserati MSG Racing, and as the competition beckons, the FIA Formula E World Championship has today unveiled its new sporting regulations for 2023.

As the fastest, lightest and most energy-efficient electric racing car in the world, the Gen3 will lead a performance revolution and will facilitate a new format for Formula E.

Including a switch to races contested over laps, improved opportunities for rookies, and the scheduled return of pitstops, here’s everything you need to know about Season 9.

A race away from time

From Season 9, races in Formula E will look very different and instead of being held over a period of 45 minutes, each E-Prix will instead be contested over a specified number of laps.

While adopting a traditional format for single-seater competition, races will also feature a twist, and every Safety Car and Full Course Yellow interruption will be compensated for with the addition of extra laps.

This replaces Season 8’s extra time rule, and in the event of a pause in racing, ensures that energy management and strategy intrigue will continue right up until the chequered flag.

Bring on the rookies

To facilitate new opportunities, every team must complete two FP1 sessions with a driver who has never previously competed in Formula E, from Season 9.

By providing track time to rookies, Maserati MSG Racing will showcase the talents of tomorrow, today, on motor racing’s world stage.

Attack Charge

After disappearing from its sporting format at the close of Season 4, pitstops will make a return to Formula E at select races later in Season 9.

Known as Attack Charge, pitstops will bring a new element of competition to the grid and will showcase fast-charging capabilities during races for the first time.

Delivered through a 600kW charger, batteries will have 4kWh of usable energy restored in only 30 seconds during a pre-determined window in each chosen race.

Upon completing a pitstop, each driver will also unlock two enhanced Attack Mode periods, in which they will receive an increased power output from 300kW to 350kW for a set time.  

In races where Attack Charge is not implemented, Attack Mode will be used on a regular basis and will continue to add excitement to the world’s premier electric racing series.

Maserati MSG Racing will make its Formula E debut at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on January 14, 2023.