The first-ever street race in Rome will be “awesome” according to FIA Formula E Championship boss Alejandro Agag.
Details about the first date on Season Four’s European leg, which begins next spring, will be officially unveiled later this month in the Italian capital.
“The track will be awesome,” Agag told e-racing365. “The race will be in the Business District in EUR. I have seen the plans of it and the location. It will be amazing, really exciting.
“For the drivers it will be great, super corners and a great layout. I can’t wait to drive it myself with the BMW i8!”
Agag also believes that the addition of an Italian driver to the grid, in the shape of recent NIO signing Luca Filippi, will boost the promotion of the event.
“The signing is great for the Italian market,” he said. “I know Luca from my GP2 days and he is a really good guy.
As well as Rome, Formula E will have a second new European race on the streets of Zurich in June.”
Agag now thinks that future venues will only consider electric vehicles racing on city streets.
“I think one fact is clear. To race in a city today you have to be electric,” he said. “It is going to be more and more difficult for non-electric championships to get into cities.
“This is because it is a sign of the times. Cities need to be clean and cities need to have electric cars, so Formula E is the championship of the cities. Zurich proves it.”
Long-term Formula E partner Julius Baer, which has been involved in Formula E since day one, played a crucial part in ensuring that Switzerland welcomes an internationally recognized motor race for the first time since the 1954 Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten.
“Julius Baer has been a great help and have been pushing from every corner to make it happen,” said Agag.
China Remains Priority Target for Season Five
Agag said that among the new territories and countries being targeted by Formula E for Season Five beyond, China is the favored country.
Formula E raced on a specially constructed circuit around the former Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium in Beijing for the first two seasons but has not had an event on mainland China since 2015.
“Mainland China is the priority for us. It could be Shanghai or it could be others, we are talking to a few,” Agag said.
“Everyone wants to race in China. All the manufacturers want to be there so we want to deliver another race there.”