Formula E: Moscow ePrix puts series calendar back to 10 races
Initially, 10 races were scheduled to take place in the inaugural season of Formula E. However, the schedule looked like it had been permanently cut to nine after the 10th slot was unable to be filled.
That changed on Tuesday morning as Moscow announced its intentions to host a race and laid out a circuit map for the Moscow ePrix, to be held on June 6, 2015. The Moscow ePrix will be the ninth round of the 2014-2015 Formula E season.
Initially, Round 8 – the Berlin ePrix – was scheduled to take place on May 30. However, with the addition of the Moscow event, the Berlin race has now been moved a week earlier to May 23, to allow the teams two weeks of rest and travel between the races. The remainder of the schedule remains unchanged, with the season finale set to take place in London on June 27.
The Moscow ePrix will take place on a 13-turn street circuit adjacent to the Kremlin.
“Russia’s presence in motorsports dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century but the growth rate which we’ve seen in the last few years is incredible,” FIA President Jean Todt told FIAFormulaE.com.
“After the debut of WTCC two years ago and of Formula One last year, the launch of another FIA Championship in the country is an important milestone in this growth path. Formula E represents a new form of racing and entertainment as it’s aimed to attract and engage not only motorsport fans but also a new audience and in particular the younger generations. It fits perfectly in the FIA’s traditional role as a leading promoter of innovation, technology and performance in the automotive sector. I am sure that Moscow will enjoy the event.”
“We are delighted to be welcoming Moscow onto the 2014/2015 Formula E calendar as our 10th host city,” added Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag. “Russian people have always welcomed with passion and enthusiasm international events and we are sure it will be the same with the Moscow ePrix. Russia’s automotive market is steadily growing, as is its electric vehicle industry and I am confident that Formula E will help to promote the concept of sustainable mobility in this country. As with our previous races, we have no doubt the Moscow ePrix is going to be a fantastic spectacle for teams, drivers and fans.”
“Formula E – is a very interesting and above-average project which links motorsport with innovative science and technology,” stated Sergey Ivanov, Executive Director of the Russian Automobile Federation. “It is a historic event for Russian motorsport – for the first time ever a real race will take place in the very heart of the city. We’ve been cooperating with FIA for a long time and we are certain that the FIA Formula E Championship round in Moscow will be held in accordance with all the international standards.”
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