Readers looking forward to a series showcasing electric race cars will be able to start making plans. Formula E’s provisional 2014/2015 calendar featuring 10 city-center events over four continents, has been revealed.
The championship will begin with Beijing, China, on September the 20th 2014.
The inaugural calendar was proposed to the FIA during its World Motor Sport Council in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and will run from September 2014 to June 2015. Beijing will have the honour of hosting the world’s first fully-electric race while London is set to stage the season finale (Round 10) on June 27th 2015.
Three new venues have also been added from the original list of cities which was announced earlier this year (March). Uruguay’s picturesque beach resort of Punta del Este, the glamorous harbour of Monte Carlo and one of the world’s leading financial centers Hong Kong.
These replace Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok which will instead be considered as candidate cities for the coming Formula E seasons.
After the opening round in Beijing, the 10 teams and 20 drivers of the FIA Formula E Championship will remain in Asia for Rounds 2 and 3, with Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia on October 18th 2014, followed by Hong Kong on November 8th 2014.
From here, the series heads to South America with Round 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on December 13th 2014 before starting the New Year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Round 5 on January 10th. The series then heads to North America for Rounds 6 and 7 with Los Angeles on February 14th 2015 and Miami on April 18th 2015.
The season then moves to Europe for the final three rounds beginning with Monte Carlo, Monaco, on May 9th 2015 followed by the German capital of Berlin on May 30th 2015 where the former airport of Tempelhof has already been revealed as the circuit location.
The inaugural season then ends in London, UK, on June 27, 2015.
Formula E said the provisional calendar will now be considered by the FIA before being finalized during the December FIA World Motor Sport Council.
“We’re very excited to be revealing our provisional calendar today and thankful to all the cities that have agreed to host our Formula E races, as well as those that had shown interest,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoters Formula E Holdings. “Since launching the Championship last year we have received formal offers from more than 25 cities all over the world making choosing just 10 very difficult indeed. Today’s provisional calendar sees us race in the heart of some of the most well-known cities in the world providing a fantastic backdrop and showcasing electric vehicles in their favored urban environments. We will now focus on finalizing the design of each of the circuits as well as working closely with all our partners to ensure we deliver each of these events in the most sustainable way possible. To be in this position with one year still to go until the first race is a testament to the interest Formula E is generating around the world and the commitment cities have shown to clean mobility and sustainability, not to mention all the hardwork undertaken by our Operations Team. Today is a very exciting day for the future of motorsport and we can’t wait for the first race to begin!”
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 minimize 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.