Formula E World Championship announces second set of races
Formula E and the FIA have revealed the set of races to follow the night-time double-header in the desert as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season next month, amid having to cancel the races in Sanya and Seoul.
The races will not take place in March and May respectively as originally envisaged and have been postponed to early spring.
The Championship season opens in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on February 26 & 27.
First up will be a return to the Italian capital of Rome and the EUR district for Round 3 on April 10.
Round 4 brings with it a new race location, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, where pre-season testing has taken place for the past three seasons. This first competitive Spanish outing will be on April 24 and will use a new circuit configuration designed especially for Formula E.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will then head to Monte Carlo for Round 5 and the Monaco E-Prix on May 8, marking the fourth biennial race in the principality.
For Round 6, Formula E returns to the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains in Marrakesh on May 22, racing in Africa at the international circuit Moulay El Hassan for a fifth successive season.
The Americas will then play host to a double header, with the Santiago E-Prix providing Rounds 7 and 8 on June 5 and 6.
The current health and safety considerations make the specific organisation of the prestigious Paris E-Prix around Les Invalides too complex in Season 7. Therefore, it has been agreed with the City of Paris to plan instead for the Season 8 edition.
Formula E will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is in constant communication with its community of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters and host cities.
All calendar updates depend on travel restrictions, as well as local government protocols and are subject to approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, said: “We are committed to delivering a global calendar that befits our first season as a World Championship.
“We are working closely with all our partners across teams, manufacturers, sponsors, broadcasters and host cities to adapt to external circumstances and ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. We will do so while maintaining what fans love most about Formula E: unpredictable racing, iconic locations and the blend of the real and virtual worlds, all underpinned by our race for better futures.”
Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer of Formula E, said: “Working on the championship calendar in ‘normal’ circumstances is already an extensive task that takes months of planning and preparation, in collaboration with numerous cities and stakeholders.
“This next set of races demonstrates the agility of Formula E to react to any given situation and still create a compelling and demanding calendar for teams and drivers. We continue to work on the last set of races and ensure our first season as an FIA World Championship lives up to our own expectations and those of our fans.”