Formula E: ‘Super Mario Kart’

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Formula E: ‘Super Mario Kart’ handed World Championship status

Formula E, described as “Super Mario Kart with real drivers”, has been awarded World Championship status by the FIA for its seventh season.

Formula E: ‘Super Mario Kart’

Image via @MercedesEQFE

Such is the growing popularity of motor racing’s electric series, Formula E, that the FIA has acknowledged it with full World Championship status.

Formula E, described as “Super Mario Kart with real drivers” by Mercedes motor sport boss Toto Wolff, will be an official championship when its seventh season begins in 2020/21.

‘Super Mario Kart’ but for ‘real drivers’

Formula E is arguably the fastest-growing of the international motor racing series with manufacturers drawn to the series because of its electric vehicle technology.

Mercedes and Porsche added their names to the list for the sixth season with the Mercedes EQ team having a successful debut last month.

Contesting a double-header at the Diriyah ePrix, Stoffel Vandoorne was third in both races with his team-mate Nyck de Vries scoring in the opening event.

For Wolff, it marked his first ePrix as the top man of a team.

He said: “I really enjoyed the experience, I must say.

“I’ve never been to Saudi Arabia before and launching our Mercedes Formula E journey was very special.

“The crowds were phenomenal, seeing how this country is opening up – something I didn’t expect in that way.

“And the racing is very different to Formula 1, clearly you can say that.

“For me it’s Super Mario Kart with real drivers, but it’s absolutely valid to give that a chance.

“We have set our ambitions or our expectations on a realistic target, which we have overachieved and both of the drivers contributed to this happening.”

World Championship status for season seven

Although the electric series was sanctioned by the FIA from season one, it has finally been awarded full World Championship status by motor racing’s governing body.

The World Motor Sport Council voted on the matter with FIA president Jean Todt and Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag putting pen to paper on the official agreement earlier this week.

“It was always our ambition to one day become a FIA world championship,” said Agag. “Everything we have done and delivered to this point has been working towards this particular moment in time.

“Achieving the feat and being granted with FIA World Championship status adds more credibility to what is already a fully-fledged formula of racing and a spectacular sporting product.

“This agreement and announcement 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.”

Season six of the Formula E series consists of 14 races that take place across five continents.

24 drivers from 12 teams will battle for the title with Alexander Sims, winner of race two, leading the standings ahead of Vandoorne.

This season ends with a double-header in London on 25 and 26 July 2020.