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Formula E will introduce a new qualifying format, superpole, for the second season of the all-electric championship.

Pole position for the 2015-16 season will be decided by an additional five-car, 15 minute shoot out.

The drivers will continue to be split into four groups of five, with those four sessions being reduced to six minutes. The time reduction means drivers will only have one opportunity to set a fast lap at 200kw.

The fastest driver from each session will then advance through to superpole.

The five will go on a one-by-one basis with the fifth fastest driver going first, with each driver thereafter leaving the pitlane when preceding driver had started their lap.

Superpole will determine the top five positions on the grid with the rest of the grid, sixth through to 20th, decided by the times from the qualifying groups.

Following on from last season the pole position winner will again be rewarded with three additional points.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, who had been keen to spice up qualifying, believes qualifying will become a bigger part of race day.

“Pushing the car to the limit and brushing against the walls around a street circuit in qualifying is a real spectacle and one of the highlights of a Formula E event.” Said Agag.

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