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Zurich ePrix Confirmed; Berlin to Remain at Tempelhof

Zurich ePrix to mark first international single-seater race in Switzerland in 60 years…

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The first international single-seater race in Switzerland in more than 60 years is set to take place in the country, with the Zurich ePrix next June.

The race has been confirmed by the FIA World Motorsport Council on Thursday, with the remainder of the 2017/18 calendar also finalized, including a return to Berlin Tempelhof and a date change for the double header in New York.

Set for June 10, the Zurich event will mark the first race in the country since Bremgarten in 1954, thanks to a law change two years ago that lifted restrictions on fully-electric racing.

Switzerland had banned competition circuit racing following the Le Mans disaster in 1955.

“I’m thrilled that Formula E is bringing motorsport back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years,” said Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the core fundamentals of Formula E, driving the electric revolution and sustainable mobility.”

FIA President Jean Todt added: “The FIA is committed to the development of motor sport all over the world, and to be able to reintroduce this discipline to a country where it has been absent for so long is an exciting prospect.”

Meanwhile, the Berlin ePrix has been confirmed for May 19

The race, which will be the third European date after the Rome and Paris ePrix fixtures, will again take place at the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin. It will be the third occasion that the facility has hosted the race.

At least one ePrix in Germany is considered almost mandatory for the championship, as it gets ready to add Porsche and Mercedes in 2019 to the already involved German manufacturers, Audi and BMW.

Possibilities of staging another event in downtown Berlin, as occurred in Season 2, are believed to have again been explored. However, organizers stuck with the Tempelhof location, which attracted a sizable crowd last June.

The Tempelhof location is known to be popular with the manufacturers due to its large capacity for corporate suites and the abundance of space in and around the former airport.

“I’m delighted to return to Berlin, a city which has featured on the calendar since the beginning and has seen many passionate racing fans attend our event every year,” Agag added.

“Germany is a key market for Formula E with the influx of manufacturers joining the series, including Audi this year. I just can’t wait to get started!”

The New York ePrix, meanwhile has been moved back one week, to July 14-15, leaving only a one-week gap between the Brooklyn double header and the season finale in Montreal.

2017/18 Formula E Schedule:
Dec. 2-3 2017 — Hong Kong*
Jan. 13 2018 — Marrakesh
Feb. 3 — Santiago
March 3 — Mexico
March 17 — Sao Paulo
April 14 — Rome
April 28 — Paris
May 19 — Berlin
June 10 —  Zurich**
July 14-15 — New York*
July 28-29 — Montreal*

*Double Header
**All events remain subject to FIA track homologation

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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