The second season of all-electric, Formula E racing will see the plug-in racers visit the city of Paris for the first time. The 14-turn track will race around the Musee de la Armee in the historic Les Invalides district of the city, along with many of Paris’ most recognizable buildings. The Eiffel Tower will also be viewable from the photogenic circuit.
“As a series we are fortunate enough to race in some incredible locations but none more spectacular than the backdrop in the city of Paris,” commented CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag. “The ethos of Formula E is urban racing in the heart of cities around the world – Paris certainly ticks all those boxes. France is also a key market for the championship as the home of the FIA, Official Founding Partner and Tyre Supplier Michelin, and team partners such as DS and Renault.
Paris is Important to Formula E’s Future
France is hugely important to motorsports for many reasons- from being the host of the internationally-appealing 24 Hours of LeMans to the home of the Renault-Nissan Alliance- so the addition of a potentially popular event to the growing Formula E calendar is a big “get” for the sport’s promoters. FIA President and former Ferrari F1 bigwig, Jean Todt, who has been a vocal advocate of Formula E since its inception, sees it the same way. “It is entirely logical that a country like France, that has always been at the cutting-edge of innovation,” he told reporters at the Paris announcement, “should host an ePrix in its capital city.”
Here’s hoping this latest addition to the (increasingly innovative) Formula E race calendar proves as popular as some of the others, and helps the sport to grow into 2017 and beyond!
Source | Images: Formula E, via Motorsport.