Formula E 2014-'15 Calendar Includes Monaco, U.S. Rounds
- Formula E, the highly anticipated electric-car racing series, has released a provisional 10-race 2014-'15 calendar.
- The schedule includes a race at the iconic Formula 1 venue in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
- Races in Los Angeles and Miami are also on the schedule.
LONDON — A revamped schedule featuring 10 rounds — including a race at the iconic Formula 1 venue in Monte Carlo, Monaco — makes up the provisional calendar for the inaugural 2014-'15 season of the FIA Formula E Championship.
Formula E is the highly anticipated electric-car racing series.
The calendar was presented to governing body Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile on Friday. It will be passed on to the World Motor Sport Council for final approval in the board's December meeting.
The schedule opens September 20, 2014 in Beijing, China, and concludes June 27, 2015, in London. The Monaco race is slated for May 9, 2015, the eighth round.
Racing at Monte Carlo dates from 1929. The scenic track has been on the F1 calendar since 1950, with a race held each year except 1951, '53 and '54.
All the races will be on temporary street circuits. Each event will consist of a practice session, qualifying, one-hour race and music concert, all in a single day, all on Saturdays "to minimize disruption to the city and its surrounding areas," a Formula E press release stated.
From Beijing, the circuit will move to other Asian sites — Putrajaya, Malaysia, on October 18, 2014 and Hong Kong on November 8, 2014.
From there, racing moves to the Americas, at Punta del Este, Urugray, on December 13, 2014; Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 10, 2015; Los Angeles on February 14, 2015 and Miami on April 18, 2015.
The schedule concludes with European events. Berlin is Round 9 on May 30, 2015, sandwiched between the Monaco and London races.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, said more than 25 cities had applied for dates on the calendar for the first season of the electric-powered racing series. Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok, which were on a tentative eight-race calendar announced earlier this year, have been placed on a list for future events.
"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," Agag said. "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."
Edmunds says: A little less than a year before the kick-off race, Formula E has made impressive progress, but needs to secure six more two-car teams to commit to the series.