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Saudi ‘Christmas Race’ Possible for Season Six Opener

A double-header race just before Christmas could start the sixth season of Formula E…

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A double-header race in Ad Diriyah just a few days before Christmas could open the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship this year.

A later start to the season is currently being discussed between Formula E organizers, the FIA and teams in order for the races not to clash with other events.

This could mean that the first two races of Season Six take place on Dec 20-21.

December will see a succession of high profile events beginning with the Formula 1 finale on Dec. 1 at Yas Marina Circuit in nearby Abu Dhabi.

A week later will see the annual FIA Awards Gala take place where all 2019 champions are celebrated at a large scale event attended by all FIA championships.

Typically the FIA Gala alternates between Paris and another location, such as last year’s event in St Petersburg, Russia.

The fourth round of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place in Bahrain on Dec. 14, having being announced and confirmed last year.

The FIA WTCR finale at Sepang has been pushed back a week from Dec. 7-8 to Dec. 14-15, meanwhile.

Originally, Formula E and the Ad Diriyah organisers were eyeing this weekend to showcase a double-header night race to open the sixth season of the all-electric championship.

The possibility of the Ad Diriyah Formula E event therefore running on Dec. 20-21 has received considerable initial kick-back from some manufacturers.

This is believed to center around the likelihood of difficulty in transporting corporate guests to the event when it is so close to the Christmas holiday period.

The provisional calendar for the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship should be known in the second week of June when the next FIA World Motorsport Council sits 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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam



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    April 9, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Are they moving away from the winter calender and towards a more traditional calender year seasons?

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      Sam Smith

      April 10, 2019 at 3:39 am

      Not really. Season Four didn’t start until early Dec, but Saudi has deal to start seasons so….

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