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Swiss E-Prix Still Possible for 2020

Swiss E-Prix CEO Pascal Derron says that the event could still run in 2020….

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The CEO of the Swiss E-Prix believes that there is still a chance of the race continuing in Zurich next year.

Pascal Derron told CNN Money Switzerland that a race in Zurich next season is still a possibility despite it not currently being on the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship schedule.

The FIA ratified the draft calendar submitted on Friday without a Swiss event included in the 14-race schedule.

FIA President Jean Todt told e-racing365 on Saturday that modifications to the Season Six calendar could happen in the next few months after he expressed his frustration in Formula E requesting dates that directly clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship, which announced most of its dates almost ten months ago.

However, with New York City being moved forward to June and the already locked-in London double-header set to finish the season off in July, it leaves July 4-5 or 11-12 as the only realistic additional dates that a Swiss race could race on.

Derron stated that intricate permit allocations for major events in Switzerland were the key factor in a Swiss race not appearing on the 2019-20 calendar.

“Because we don’t have the permit yet and first of all we need to work on the permit and then we can out it on the calendar,” he said.

“We will see, first we will concentrate on Bern and then we continue for the following years. 2020 we work for Zurich and in 2021 we work for Geneva.”

Derron outlined the political and logistical challenges of confirming a race in Switzerland during his brief TV appearance.

“Zurich works different to other countries and we have to accept the political way and that’s the right thing to do, so we work on the political procedure right now,” he said.

“The procedure is that we have to involve different parties, you have to involve residents, the landlords and the politics, and it’s always a big puzzle and we’re working on that.

“I can’t talk for the FIA. For me it’s a lot of work, but I love this work, it’s a good job. By the end of July we will know much more.”

E-racing365 understands that this weekend’s Bern race came within days of being scratched from the current schedule recently after unspecified issues compromized the event.

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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