In the round-up: Formula E will change its controversial group qualifying format for the 2021-2022 season.

In brief

FIA and Formula E yet to tell teams new qualifying format

Formula E is likely to change its group qualifying format, which has been blamed for some of the lack of consistency in drivers’ results last season. However Venturi team principal Susie Wolff said that they have yet to be told what the new format will be.

Speaking ahead of the team’s driver announcement, Wolff said that Venturi’s “clear goal is to move ahead in the team standings. We were tenth last season, we’ve moved up P7 and we want more. And in order to get more, it was clear for me that that made a driver line-up, which would be consistently scoring points. That’s no mean feat, in Formula E, to be consistent, it’s one of the toughest championships to find consistency.”

She confirmed that teams have yet to hear news on what qualifying will look like in the 2011-12 championship. “We still haven’t heard from the FIA and Formula E what the new qualifying format will look like, but with our driver line-up now we go into season eight having no doubt that we have the performance from the car and the right performance from the team. We have two drivers which will bring in big points.”

Abbi Pulling ends British F4 season due to lack of funds

18-year-old Abbi Pulling has been forced to end her second season in British F4 midway through, after she said results had not been enough for funding.

Pulling had been on-track to win a race before being spun off track and has shone at points but said she would not be able to continue.

“I will no longer be competing in the British F4 championship,” she confirmed in a social media post. “I have had to end my 2021 campaign early due to lack of funding. Due to this, I’ve had some really hard days.

“There has been so much potential shown throughout the year but runs of bad luck on track have limited me in securing any further funding for this year.

“I’m absolutely heartbroken that this is the outcome, as I thought this year would play out much differently. There have been lots of ups and downs but it will only make me a better, more experienced driver moving forward.”

World Anti-Doping Agency considers removing cannabis from banned substance list

The World Anti-Doping Agency is reviewing whether cannabis should be a banned substance, following the exclusion of Sha’Carri Richardson from the 2020 Olympics, held this year in Japan. The FIA is a signatory to and follows WADA’s anti-doping rules.

In an update, WADA said that “Following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the ExCo endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis. Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022.”

Among the most famous examples of a racing driver being penalised for a marijuana-related infraction is Tomas Enge, who was excluded after winning the Hungarian round of the 2002 Formula 3000 series after testing positive for cannabis, losing enough points to cost him victory in the championship.

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