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Bern Favorite to Replace Zurich E-Prix

Swiss capital could replace Zurich E-Prix in June next year due to city clashing event…

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The Zurich E-Prix is set to be postponed and replaced by the Swiss capital of Bern in 2019 because of a clashing event in the city.

The running of the Zurich Festival, which occurs every three years, means the second running of the Zurich E-Prix cannot take place until 2020.

Bern, the fourth-largest city and capital of Switzerland, is leading the way to replace the Zurich round, with promoters of the Swiss fixture set to present layouts for a possible race later this week.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to find alternative dates that worked for both the city of Zurich and our calendar of events in 2019, but we remain in conversations for a potential return in 2020,” a Formula E spokesperson told e-racing365.

“The Zurich E-Prix in June proved to be a huge success at both a national and international level, seeing great participation on all fronts from multiple stakeholders, including fans, sponsors and media alike.

“This has also sparked interest from other cities within the country and our promoter is leading a number of discussions to look at alternatives for this coming season.

“We’re currently evaluating the best option from a technical and commercial perspective. With Formula E bringing back motorsport to Switzerland after nearly six decades, we can only be proud of how well we’ve been received nationwide.”

E-racing365 understands that a permit to return the event to Zurich on June 8-9, 2020 has been agreed in principle.

However, this is set to be undertaken on a different track to the one which hosted the first Swiss motor race since 1954 earlier this year, due to a section of the track running through a residential area.

Formula E Holdings Ltd is understood to have worked extensively with the Zurich authorities, including the Mayor’s office, to find a solution to the clashing events in 2019, although an alternative was not found.

An update on the possible replacement for Zurich is anticipated in October ahead of the next World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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