Roughly one week after our sad but necessary decision to cancel FS Switzerland 2020, we are still in continuous communication with all European and international events monitoring the current situation closely. Today, we want to provide you with the first update acknowledging that not all decisions regarding 2021 are made yet. Please grant us more time as we are going to work out each aspect. You can expect a full setup for 2021 no later than the FSG Workshop in October 2020. Of course, if decisions are made earlier, we will not be holding information back.
We let the team choose, if they want to have a full refund or want to keep the slot for 2021. We will make again a Registration Quiz for 2021, for all missing slots.
There are no changes to the current technical rule set for 2021. All rule requests and the corresponding answers remain valid for 2021, and no re-submission is necessary.
We will also extend the period of student status of currently seven months mentioned in rule A 4.3.1 in order to make official participation of team members who worked extensively on this year’s vehicle possible. Currently, we are aligning the period extension with all other European Events.
Interested teams may receive feedback about their submission of technical documentation (ESF, IAD, SES) if requested. To help us streamline the process, please do the following:
1) Include specific questions including the desired focus of the review in a prominent place in the ASF/ESF, on the second page of the IAD, or within tab "Version History" of the SES. Point to specific issues or uncertainties. Without these additional questions and remarks, we will not review the document.
2) Reupload the IAD/SES or resubmit the form of the ASF/ESF as previous uploads have been removed from the system. We will not monitor any deadlines, however, if you wish for our feedback, upload your documents as soon as possible. Any pass/fail will not be valid for 2021 yet.
3) Allow the reviewers some time as we try to support all teams to the best of our ability.
Working in a Formula Student project during Covid-19:
Now, that the majority of competitions is not taking place, there is no need to finish this year’s car in the following weeks. It is needless to say that we support teams who work according to the rules of their local authorities and universities (e.g. remote work or conference calls).
We are currently looking for a solution of an online design event. If your team is interested in competing in such an event, please contact us. Teams of our registered list will have a prioritized position. We will publish more informations in the following weeks.
Besides Formula Student, there are many activities that you can do: engage in community help, donate blood or even participate in interesting projects like the ones we linked below.
In order to encourage you to participate in one of these or similar projects, we present to you the "Covid-19 Engagement Award". With this award, we will honour the team with the biggest contribution to the society in fighting Covid-19 or its impacts. Submit your report, that documents your effort including pictures and/or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is 31/08/2020. The following criteria will be deciding:
- Impact of the effort
- Good safety practices
- Reliability of the report
The winning team will receive a slot for the 2021 competition and a prize. The award will be handed out at the 2021 FS Switzerland competition. Any team may participate - even if you are currently a combustion or driverless only team - however, we can obviously only offer slots for the electric class.
Lastly, we want to thank you for supporting this step.
Formula Student Switzerland
Dear Teams, friends, families, and fans of Formula Student,
The current spread of the Corona Virus/CoViD19 requests responsible actions from all of us.
Formula Student is a competition and concept that has been developed around teamwork. Working together to create something unique, something meaningful and to learn a lot whilst doing it. I hope we all agree that Formula Student is one of the greatest experiences in learning if not in life.
However, we as organizers and effectively all of us and you have to put the protection of our loved ones that are at the highest risk above our personal interest. For that reason it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone any Formula Student activities of 2020.
This means: We will not execute the planned competition event. We will not execute an alternative event at a later time in 2020. We will not continue to master any deadlines for 2020. We are not expecting any submission of documents for 2020 anymore. > We are pressing a big “freeze” button. We strongly advise that all teams seize to work in physical proximity/groups on cars or in offices.
These are complicated times. Please understand, that these measures are not about trying to level the playing field by restricting your very valued work.
These times are about your responsibility towards others, to protect their health.
We would like to ask you take it seriously and not take any unnecessary risks. This is an appeal to your common sense.
This decision naturally raises a number of questions, such as the impact on registration fees, potential participation in future events etc etc. We do not have all the answers yet and need some time to clarify these per the competitions. So please give us some time to communicate more details. We however wanted to inform you as soon as possible without any delays.
We will certainly inform you about future plans for events with appropriate time to prepare for it (long term).
Please respect and act according to the recommendations/legislation in your individual country and especially the World Health Organisation.
This might be a chance in a lifetime to achieve something great by actually doing nothing! (Slowing the spread down).
We hope you understand that this decision is without an alternative.
Please stay healthy,
Formula Student Switzerland
Due to the impact of measures against the spread of COVID-19, we would like to make the following announcement:
We are aware of the situation and understand the difficulties your team may face. The most important thing now is your own safety and the safety of all others around you. We ask you to follow the instructions and advice given by local authorities and the WHO. This means reducing your contacts to an absolute minimum even if you don't show any symptoms. Building a Formula Student car is not an absolutely necessary thing to do!
It is too early to say if there will be any changes in the event planning of Formula Student Switzerland 2020. We would like to ask you to stick to the given deadlines and help us in ensuring a rapid review process and provide early feedback, for your educational experience. Currently, we grant the following exceptions regarding the upcoming deadlines:
For those teams that are currently affected and are unable to fully meet the IAD and SES upload deadline of 2020-03-20 13:00 CET:
- IAD and SES uploads that are incomplete due to missing test data, will be accepted.
- Please include the timeframe of any suspended activities affecting your Formula Student team, and an estimate of when you think you can upload the updated and completed document (within the IAD on the second page and within the SES: tab "Version History").
- Optionally, add a proposal for a makeshift solution/contingency plan. Early feedback can then be provided.
Beyond this, we will ensure and make all efforts to minimize the consequences for you and your team. Account for regular updates and keep yourself and us informed. If you have any questions after reading this announcement, let us know through the rules tracker - including "COVID-19".
Take good care, kind regards,
Formula Student Austria
Formula Student Germany
Formula Student Netherlands
Formula Student Spain
Formula Student Switzerland