Formula E 2014-'15 Calendar Includes Monaco, U.S. Rounds


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    The Formula E Monaco race is slated for May 9, 2015, the eighth round. | September 30, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • 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.

Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Everything else with Formula E sounds pretty well sorted, from the cars to the teams, but this idea that they can just name some big cities, most without existing course configurations (the Los Angeles race will not be Long Beach) and show up and pull off a one-day stand-alone race is just completely unrealistic. Street races are enormously difficult to make successful long term. Look at Baltimore. It was a great race that drew big crowds in a beautiful setting to watch a jam-packed schedule full of races but the impact to the infrastructure was a nightmare, the local government lost interest, it lost money hand over fist, went through multiple promoters and managers, and was finally canned so the city can host one college football game next year, and an American Legion conference next year. Have the Formula E organizers ever wondered why street races have 3 day schedules packed full of literally every series they can possibly fit in the paddock? Because that's what you need to make it worthwhile to shut down major streets for a whole weekend. It doesn't matter if they only race for one day, the setup and tear-down are still going to massively impact the cities, just as much as if it was a real event. Los Angeles is scheduled for Valentines Day. Do they really think the city's restaurants are going to be OK with shutting down or having customers unable to reach them just so a single, silent 1 hour race could be held? And for that matter, who will go out and buy tickets to see a single one hour race, with no support series or anything of the like? Monaco for F1 works because it has history and tradition. Long Beach works because it offers a full slate of races and history. St Pete works because it mostly uses an airport and minor roads on the edge of the city. For Formula E to make their events work, they need to get out of city centers, bring in support races, and understand that even if everything else goes perfectly, they will still probably fail unless they miraculously survive long enough to become traditions and sacred cows. Pity, because a good racing series is just what electric cars need to advance the technology.

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