FIA installs cameras to monitor FE mid-race car swaps

The FIA has installed in-garage cameras to monitor Formula E car swaps after the controversy that has followed its decision to remove the series’ minimum pitstop time.

FIA installs cameras to monitor FE mid-race car swaps

The governing body clarified what was permitted during the car swap procedure at the Punta del Este round last month following a request from the teams.

Drivers must be properly restrained by their belts at all times when the car is moving and it is not permitted to remove the steering wheel before stopping. Teams are also not permitted to buckle any belts before a driver is seated, which is also only the point at which the Belt Tension Device – mounted on the drivers’ shoulders – can be activated.

Each team has been given two cameras, which must be installed above the two drivers’ designated second cars. The cameras must be positioned to give an unobstructed view of the whole car swap procedure.

The teams are responsible for operating the cameras – with footage being broadcast in race control, which can be analysed after a race.

If more information about an incident comes to light between events, FE stewards at the following meeting now have the power to assess that evidence as well as that gathered by officials at the previous round, and hand out punishments if an infraction is discovered.  

The car swap procedures were previously solely monitored by in-garage scrutineers, who will continue to view events in the garages. 

Video explainer: Mahindra powertrain...

The minimum pitstops time was removed ahead of the Santiago round of the 2017/18 season. At that race, the Techeetah and Dragon teams were fined for adding a modification to their safety harnesses, while at the next round in Mexico, Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer clipped a mechanic as he accelerated out of his garage.

When asked by Motorsport.com why the FIA was staying firm on having no minimum pitstop time, the governing body’s President Jean Jodt reiterated its stance that pitstop safety was the responsibility of the teams and drivers.

“It’s something we have been working since two years [ago],” he said. “We felt that with such a competitive category of motorsport that we also wanted to allow the best to make the difference.

“Clearly, all has been done over two years of research to be able to make safe pitstops. And that’s what we feel happened. 

“Now it’s the responsibility of the teams to respect the regulations. Sometimes the teams wish to be more competitive than the others [and] they are prepared to take some risks and we won’t allow that. 

“If you want to try and save time and to be unbuckled before you stop, [or] to buckle after you have started – you will be reported to the stewards to make some strong decisions. But if you follow the rules and the procedure, I feel that there is no problem of safety. 

“I hope that every driver and every team will be responsible and we shouldn’t have any problems.

Take a virtual lap of the Rome E-Prix circuit...

shares
comments
Agag: FE reunited with “first love” Rome ePrix

Previous article

Agag: FE reunited with “first love” Rome ePrix

Next article

Rome ePrix: Rosenqvist tops practice, Lynn crashes twice

Rome ePrix: Rosenqvist tops practice, Lynn crashes twice
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Event Rome ePrix
Location Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR
Author Alex Kalinauckas
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Prime

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Prime

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits.

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Prime

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons.

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Prime

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021
Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Prime

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet.

Formula E
Feb 24, 2021
How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Prime

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

Mercedes and Porsche compete to win and have done so across the board: in Formula 1, sportscars, the Dakar Rally and endurance road races - even working together to break land speed records. Next in the crosshairs is the Formula E teams' championship crown.

Formula E
Feb 17, 2021
What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction Prime

What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction

News that McLaren is formally considering a Formula E move is a much-needed boost for a series that took some punches at the end of 2020. But to allay any doubts that Zak Brown may have, FE must take action on its biggest potential stumbling block

Formula E
Jan 11, 2021
Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E Prime

Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E

BMW and Audi shocked the Formula E fraternity by announcing their departures at the end of the 2020-21 season. Overnight, the championship has been dealt something of a "wake-up call" - including questions about its relevance to manufacturers.

Formula E
Dec 3, 2020