The inaugural calendar of the fully-electric FIA Formula E championship has been confirmed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris and will feature 10 city-centre events on four continents. In contrary to the provisional calendar, Rio de Janeiro has been added, while Hong Kong was downgraded to ‘candidate city’. The opening venue of the series will be held one week earlier in Beijing, on 13 September 2014.
After the opening round in Beijing, the 10 teams and 20 drivers will remain in Asia for Round 2 with Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia on 18th October 2014. Round 3 will now see the championship head to Rio de Janeiro, the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city of Brazil. It remains unknown by official statement why Hong Kong has been replaced. Earlier reports by the South China Morning Post indicated that there might be troubles with the proposed track lay-out.
The series continues in South America with Round 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 13th December 2014 before starting the New Year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Round 5 on 10th January. The championship then heads to North America for Rounds 6 and 7 with Los Angeles on 14th February 2015 and Miami now brought forward to 14th March 2015.
The season then moves to Europe for the final three rounds beginning with Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 9th May 2015 followed by the German capital of Berlin on 30th May 2015 where the former airport of Tempelhof has already been revealed as the circuit location. The inaugural season then reaches its climax in London, United Kingdom, on 27th June 2015.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, said: “It’s a great feeling to be able to confirm our calendar for the inaugural Formula E season and we’re very thankful to all the cities, and candidate cities, for showing their commitment to sustainable mobility. The level of interest we have received from cities all over the globe has been overwhelming and choosing the final 10 has been a challenging and meticulous process. We’re confident our final 10 cities will provide an array of fantastic backdrops to showcase electric cars in their favoured urban environments, as well as allow us to put on a great spectacle for the fans.”
All Formula E events will feature a free practice session, qualifying session, one-hour race and live music concert taking place in a single day (Saturday) in order to minimise disruption to the city and its surrounding areas. Precise circuit layouts for each venue will be revealed at a later stage but all will use city-centre locations. Tickets for the first rounds will go on sale in 2014.
2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship – Calendar
|Round 1||Beijing, China||13th September 2014|
|Round 2||Putrajaya, Malaysia||18th October 2014|
|Round 3||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||15th November 2014|
|Round 4||Punta del Este, Uruguay||13th December 2014|
|Round 5||Buenos Aires, Argentina||10th January 2015|
|Round 6||Los Angeles, USA||14th February 2015|
|Round 7||Miami, USA||14th March 2015|
|Round 8||Monte Carlo, Monaco*||9th May 2015|
|Round 9||Berlin, Germany||30th May 2015|
|Round 10||London, UK||27th June 2015|
* All events remain subject to FIA Track Homologation.