It was a process of years as the law had to be amended, but Formula E has achieved a miracle. The electric racing series will be the first to stage a race event in Zwitserland since it was banned in 1955.
The last race held in Switzerland was in 1954. In the following year the country banned motorsports activities at race tracks following the disaster that took place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. A competitor landed in the grandstands and 83 spectators were killed. However, with the arrival of Formula E, the country was willing to change the law to allow the competition with electric vehicles. That mission was completed in 2015.
Zürich was confirmed as one of the eleven cities on the 2017-18 calendar during the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday. “I’m thrilled that Formula E is bringing racing back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years. This wouldn’t have been possible without the core fundamentals of Formula E – driving the electric revolution and sustainable mobility,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E.
“Following the recent law changes this race was also made possible with the instrumental support of our Swiss partner, Julius Baer. I would like to express our gratitude to their CEO, Boris Collardi, and his entire team for their continued belief in Formula E – we’ve again been able to break new grounds in the world of motorsport.”
FIA President Jean Todt, added: “I am very pleased that circuit racing is returning to Switzerland next year. To be able to reintroduce this discipline to a country where it has been absent since it was banned in 1955 is an exciting prospect and the achievement of an important goal for the FIA. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making it a reality, as it is important for us to continue to bring motor sport to new audiences around the world.”