The promoter of the new FIA Formula E Championship confirmed its 2014/2015 calendar.
Formula E Holdings says the first year of the new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy will feature 10 city-center events held over four continents.
The first championship calendar was submitted to the FIA during its World Motor Sport Council in Paris, France, and will run from September 2014 to June 2015. As originally planned, Beijing will remain as the host venue for the world’s first ever fully-electric race; this race will be held September 13, 2014, one week earlier than previously planned.
Formula E explained 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 October 18, 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. Rio replaces Hong Kong which will instead be considered as a candidate city for the following Formula E seasons.
From Rio, the series continues in South America with Round 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on December 13, 2014 before starting the New Year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Round 5 on January 10. The championship then heads to North America for Rounds 6 and 7 with Los Angeles on February 14, 2015 and Miami now moved to March 14, 2015.
The season then moves to Europe for the final three rounds beginning with Monte Carlo, Monaco, on May 9, 2015 followed by the German capital of Berlin on May 30, 2015 where the former airport of Tempelhof has already been revealed as the circuit location. The inaugural season will then end in London, United Kingdom, on June 27, 2015.
“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,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings. “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.”
The Holding said 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, on Saturdays, 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.
For the first season only,10 teams with two drivers each will compete using the new Spark-Renault SRT_01E car which completed its successful test debut last month.