To fire up A Mode in the race, drivers will need to arm their car, drive off the racing line, and through the Activation Zone. It’s only here that they’ll be able to collect an extra 25 kW of power. Drivers that secure the extra speed, can use it for a few laps when they want to race harder, giving them the edge to keep ahead of the competition. A Mode can be engaged from lap 3 and will be visible when in use on the halo as it displays electric blue.
Also new for the 2018/19 season is the latest update to FANBOOST, which now awards the extra power boost to the top five drivers (increasing from three), giving them an extra 25kW of energy to use during the race. The power will be available to use from 22 minutes into the race. When it's in use, the halo device will glow magenta. Click here to learn more about FANBOOST.
Making their debut in the series, for the purpose of aiding driver rescue, the use of FIA-approved biometric gloves will be mandated for all drivers during each competition and all tests which are attended by more than one team. The gloves monitor the drivers' vital signs during the race, helping rescue teams assess the driver’s condition in the event of an incident.