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Bertrand: Formula E Won’t Lose ‘Street Racing DNA’

Formula E will stick to its city center racing roots when it introduces quicker Gen 3 cars…

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Formula E will not move away from predominantly racing on street circuits, according to FIA circuit championships director Frederic Bertrand.

Bertrand says that even though quicker Gen 3 Formula E cars will be introduced in the 2022-23 season they will be well within safe boundaries for competing on FIA-graded circuits.

Formula E runs on Grade 2 and Grade 3 registered circuits covering fully built temporary city center tracks such as Paris and Rome, semi-permanent facilities such as Marrakesh and permanent tracks like Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

Bertrand, who has been an instrumental figure throughout Formula E’s history, believes that competing largely on specially-built temporary tracks will be kept intact for the next generation of cars.

“This street racing is the DNA of the championship and we cannot lose that,” Bertrand told e-racing365.

“I think the compromize we have right now is good, we are having maybe [Diriyah] where it is a little bit special because it’s created in a system which is still city based.

“Mexico City is another exception where we are in the city but in in a real track but this is the maximum to have two, maybe three per season with the rest that is really focused on city centers.”

Bertrand also revealed that there is “margin” within the current track designs in order to accommodate quicker cars.

“We must race in city centers as this is what is interesting for our manufacturers and for the sponsors where we are there to promote mobility in city centers,” he explained.

“So [racing in] city centers will not change and we still have margin.

“When I see the level of speed we can obtain in Macau with a car now and we see race on a Grade 3 track. So the grade level will be maintained for the Gen 3 which will be a bit faster.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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