The inaugural Formula E season finished just under two weeks ago today and already we have leaked details about next season’s calendar. The story broke on motorsport.com and shows some interesting changes.
Monaco will take a year away from the Formula E calendar due to the Historic and Formula 1 Grand Prix’s meaning the principality is unable to hold a third race event; however it is expected to return for the following season. Miami seem to have been scrapped, with a TBC location pencilled in for March where the United States race used to be. Miami’s omission shows Formula E’s commitment to producing great racing. In Miami one of the free practice sessions had to be scrapped completely as construction work was still going on at the track on race day itself – part of the track was still open to local traffic the night before, which delayed installation of concrete barriers at turn one. The race itself saw a limited amount of overtaking during the first phase of the race. It is plausible that Miami could yet return to the Formula E calendar, as the calendar is designed around minimising the amount of freight shipping worldwide, the TBC race does fall between Long Beach and Mexico, so it is logical that Central/North American race is on that cards. A race in the capital of Mexico will be held in February after Buenos Aires – which helps fill what was a five-week gap in the calendar, and Paris on April 24th replaces Monaco and starts of European leg of the season.
London will again host a double-header finale to cap off the season, and has been scheduled for June 25/26th, to avoid Le Mans 24h a week before. Curiously enough, this is also the proposed date for the F1 British Grand Prix. Unless a section of the F1 calendar is shifted forward one week (making Silverstone/Austria and Baku a triple header), only a move to July 9/10th for the London round would avoid coming together with F1 and the WEC. Formula E and Formula One could potentially clash earlier on in the season with Paris and Bahrain both due to be held on April 24th – highlighting the difficulties the FIA has with organising a calendar that prevents series like F1, WEC, DTM and Formula E from clashing with one another. Should the London ePrix take place on the same weekend as the British Grand Prix it could prove devastating for ticket sales; then again, Formula E could provide an excellent alternative to attend a motorsport event for the fraction of the price.
The emphasis of cost saving is at the forefront of Formula E thinking – Alejandro Agag could have easily blown up the size of the calendar to 20 races (Agag himself stated that over 180 cities had requested to have a race) but from day one a long-term strategy has been thought out on the expansion of Formula E – from the size of the calendar to the cost of car development and how that will be expanded upon in future seasons. Hong Kong, Morocco and Canada were all rumoured to feature in next season’s calendar, but have not done so. Hong Kong was long talked about before the start of the 2014/15 season, but the proposed circuit was not deemed safe by the FIA. Canada is still heavily rumoured to feature in the opening rounds of the 2016/17 season.
Without doubt this is subject to change, so watch this space for future developments.
- Beijing, China – October 17
- Putrajaya, Malaysia – November 21
- Punta Del Este, Uruguay – December 12
- Buenos Aires, Argentina – February
- Mexico City, Mexico – February
- TBA – March
- Long Beach, USA – April
- Paris, France – April 24
- Berlin, Germany – May 21
- Moscow, Russia – June 11
- Battersea Park, London – June 25/26