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Extreme E doubles the number of races and introduces new qualifying format

Extreme E has announced that for 2023 there will be twice as many races and a new qualifying

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This Extreme E season is set to be the most exhilarating yet with 10 races and a new qualifying format.

Extreme E is set to have double the races as they will now host doubleheaders at the five-race locations. Image Credit: ExtremeE.com

Extreme E is heading into its third season. With this comes a host of new changes to make the sport even more exciting. The series, which takes place all around the world in breath-taking locations, is a trailblazer in electric rallying. On top of that, the sport wants to change the sustainable transport world, not just racing. The series also champions diversity and is committed to inclusion.

With this season’s new format, plenty of eyes will be watching and Extreme E’s message will spread further.

Alejandro Agag, Extreme E’s Founder and CEO, has stated that he aims to make Extreme E as “thrilling” as possible. Introducing the new race weekend format, Agag reiterated their climate commitments alongside their sporting changes.

“This new sporting format goes even further to deliver that, with now double the amount of racing action on some of the toughest courses in the world, leaving zero additional impact on the planet.

The new format

Extreme E has made changes to the race weekend. They have made every weekend a double header meaning that both Saturday and Sunday will have plenty of racing action.

James Taylor, Chief Championship Officer at Extreme E, believes that 10 races will be more exciting in terms of strategy, as well as racing.

“At each round, there will be double the opportunity for points and podiums – meaning a lot more to play for at each race weekend, while drivers and teams will have to navigate that racing tightrope of risk and reward to ensure they achieve the maximum result.”

With the season in mind, he stated that the changes should make the 2023 season more closely fought.

“Having a ten race championship should really close up those standings as the season progresses”

Extreme E has doubled the number of races but they have also made changes to the qualifying format too. A doubleheader with the new qualifying means race weekends will be jam-packed.

The new qualifying format

The new qualifying format will consist of two five-car heats where the fastest times will take the cars through to the grand final.

Extreme E has doubled the number of races so this Race format will be repeated again the day after.
Extreme E has doubled the number of races. This means the qualifying and Race format above will be done all again the following day. Credit: ExtremeE.com

If a team doesn’t make it to the Grand Final they will have a second chance in the redemption race where they can still grab some championship points.

Extreme E 2023 will start again on the 11th of March in Saudi Arabia.

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