Source: Formula E
Geneva, Switzerland. 19th June 2017. Formula E has revealed its 2017/18 calendar following the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Geneva today.
The calendar features a more compact schedule, including three double-headers and three new venues – Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome. The fourth edition of the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series comprises the most races to appear on the calendar since its inception in 2014.
The Formula E cars will take to the track for the first time for the season-opener in Hong Kong for a second year running on December 2 and 3. This will be the first double-header to take place in Asia.
Formula E will stop at new locations in both South America and Europe – with races in the Chilean capital of Santiago in February, a first race in Brazil on the streets of Sao Paulo in March, and Rome in mid-April.
The electric street racing series will also be returning to the French capital for the third edition of the Paris ePrix on April 28, building on the success of the previous two events to be held around Les Invalides.
For the penultimate event Formula E returns to New York against the backdrop of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, while the season comes to a close once again over the course of two days in Montreal on July 28 and 29.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E, said:
“It’s exciting news to welcome a number of new host cities on the Formula E calendar, as well as seeing existing locations build on the success of previous events. Formula E is continuing to expand the calendar and the number of cities in key markets, in addition to the growing list of partners and manufacturers joining the electric revolution. Our priority is to consolidate a calendar with long-term agreements with host cities – the schedule for Season 4 is a step in the right direction.”
FIA President Jean Todt, said:
“The FIA Formula E Championship continues to break new ground bringing motorsport and electric mobility to new urban centres around the world. In season four, we have some very exciting cities to explore across five continents, with venues in Sao Paulo, Santiago and Rome making their first appearance on the calendar. The impact of this exposure to millions of potential new fans will be fantastic, and the desire of the cities to be involved in the championship shows how much of a success Formula E has been over its first three seasons.”
A number of modifications to the Sporting Regulations for Season 4 of the FIA Formula E Championship were also approved, with the aim of ensuring continuity of the championship leading up to the radical change that will take place in Season 5 with the transition from two cars per race to just one per driver.
These changes include:
- Elimination of a non-qualifying session when two races take place during the same event.
- Increase in the number of promotional days from 3 to 6 days per team with a maximum of 3 days on circuit, to promote roadshows.
- Addition of a practice session day during the season and a practice session day reserved for rookies.
- Increase of power during the race from 170 kW to 180 kW.
2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship – Calendar
|December 2, 2017
|December 3, 2017
|January 13, 2018
|February 3, 2018
|March 3, 2018
|March 17, 2018
|April 14, 2018
|April 28, 2018
|May 19, 2018
|June 9, 2018
|July 7, 2018
|New York City
|July 8, 2018
|New York City
|July 28, 2018
|July 29, 2018
* Subject to confirmation
** Venue to be announced
*** Date to be confirmed
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