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The FIA World Endurance Championship, often abbreviated to the WEC, is an international sportscar racing series organised by the FIA and the Automobile Club de l'Ouest. Built around the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the WEC is one of the world's biggest and most innovative series, featuring a mix of hybrid prototypes and traditional GT cars.

The WEC has had a very good relationship with Formula E since the latter's creation, with both series agreeing to avoid each other when deciding the season calendars.[1] Only one clash has occurred in the first four seasons of the FE/WEC relationship, as drivers and team personnel have been known to compete in both series.[1]

Links to Formula E

The WEC pre-dates the Formula E Championship by a couple of years, having been founded in 2012 to reignite the sportscar racing scene.[2] Major manufacturers and drivers have been involved in the WEC since its creation, with several household names having since driven in FE alongside their WEC commitments.

Drivers

Below is a list of all drivers whom have competed in both a Formula E ePrix and a WEC race:

World Endurance Championship & Formula E Drivers
Driver FE years WEC years
Flag of Germany Daniel Abt 2014-present 2015
Flag of France Nathanaël Berthon 2015 2014-2016
Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 2014-present 2014-present
Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 2018-present 2016
Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2014-present 2012-present
Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway 2016-2017 2013-present
Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 2014-present 2012-2016
Flag of France Tom Dillmann 2017 2015-2016
Flag of France Loïc Duval 2014-2017 2012-present
Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld 2014-present 2012-2016
Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani 2017-present 2012-2017
Flag of Japan Kamui Kobayashi 2017 2013, 2016-present
Flag of Switzerland Fabio Leimer 2015 2014
Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 2014-2015 2012-2013, 2015
Flag of Argentina José María López 2016-2017 2016-2017
Flag of Germany André Lotterer 2017-present 2012-2017
Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 2017-present 2016-present
Flag of France Franck Montagny 2014 2012
Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 2014-present 2016-2017
Flag of France Nicolas Prost 2014-present 2012-present
Flag of Germany René Rast 2016 2015-2016
Flag of France Stéphane Sarrazin 2014-2017 2012-present
Flag of Japan Takuma Sato 2014 2012
Flag of Brazil Bruno Senna 2014-2016 2013-2014, 2016-2017
Flag of China Ho-Pin Tung 2014 2016-present
Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne 2014-present 2017-present
  • Bold indicates Formula E Champion.
  • Italics indicate a World Endurance Championship Champion (overall).

Personnel

Several key WEC personnel have been drafted into the Formula E Championship, as have major sponsors:

Manufacturers

Two major manufacturers have competed in both the WEC and FE, although both have opted to join the latter full time at the expense of the former. Audi were the first to leave the WEC that they had previously dominated, re-branding the ABT Schaeffler effort as their own from 2017/18.[3] It was the Ingolstadt firm's rivals Porsche who announced their plans for FE next, planning to join at the start of the 2019/20 season.[4]

Most other manufacturers have since declared interests in FE, having attended FIA meetings about the future of the series. Elsewhere, famed Italian designers Dallara have a solid relationship with both series, having aided the design of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, and supplied LMP2 chassis for the WEC.[5]

More Information

For more information on the World Endurance Championship head to one of these sites:

References

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'GP2 champ Gasly replaces Buemi for New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/gp2-champ-gasly-replaces-buemi-for-new-york/, (Accessed 10/07/2017)
  2. 'Archives', fiawec.com, (World Endurance Championship, 2017), http://www.fiawec.com/en/past-seasons/36, (Accessed 20/11/2017)
  3. 'ABT retains drivers for season three', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/abt-retains-drivers-for-season-three/, (Accessed 20/05/2016)
  4. 'Porsche set to compete in Formula E from Season 6', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/porsche-set-to-compete-in-formula-e-from-season-6/, (Accessed 28/07/2017)
  5. Leggett, Theo, 'Shhh! It's time for Formula E!', bbc.co.uk, (BBC, 04/07/2014), http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28144411, (Accessed 27/04/2015)
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