Formula E has announced a revised Season 7 calendar in hopes to get the ball rolling for the 2021 championship.
After the announcement that the opening Santiago E-Prix was to be postponed until mid June, the only confirmed races on the Formula E calendar were the two Saudi Arabian E-Prixs in February.
The calendar has been in flux with a provisional announcement of a full calendar last July being backtracked in the Autumn and then almost erased with nothing officially published for weeks.
New and traditional FE tracks have been added including for the first time ever Circuit Ricardo Tormo at Valencia. A circuit which falls right outside of FE’s usual remit.
The obvious reason being that racing in city centres is incredibly difficult in the current Covid climate and travelling to population hubs is trying to be avoided.
After the two opening races in Diriyah, the series will then take March off before going to Italy as usual in April. This will be for the Rome E-Prix. The intention is to race in the EUR district circuit that has been used in recent years but Vallelunga is being lined up as a backup if necessary as reported by the incredible team at Inside Electric.
After the Rome E-Prix, the paddock moves to Valencia for a race at FE’s usual testing track which will be the first ever Spanish E-Prix.
Round 5 will hit the streets of Monaco with the full Monaco street track being used for FE for the very first time. The Automobile Club de Monaco have been adamant the F1 Grand Prix will be going ahead and by extension that includes the E-Prix this year.
Two weeks after that and FE returns to Marrakesh once again for Round 6 before jetting to South America for the rescheduled Santiago E-Prix double header in the first weekend of June.
Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E said: “We are committed to delivering a global calendar that befits our first season as a World Championship. We are working closely with all our partners across teams, manufacturers, sponsors, broadcasters and host cities to adapt to external circumstances and ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
“We will do so while maintaining what fans love most about Formula E: unpredictable racing, iconic locations and the blend of the real and virtual worlds, all underpinned by our race for better futures.”
Co-founder Alberto Longo said: “Working on the championship calendar in ‘normal’ circumstances is already an extensive task that takes months of planning and preparation, in collaboration with numerous cities and stakeholders.
“This next set of races demonstrates the agility of Formula E to react to any given situation and still create a compelling and demanding calendar for teams and drivers. We continue to work on the last set of races and ensure our first season as a World Championship lives up to our own expectations and those of our fans.”