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Zurich Talks Re-Open for 2020 Swiss E-Prix

Leading figure behind Swiss E-Prix explains why the race should have a strong future…

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Talks have restarted with Zurich in a push for the Swiss city to host a second ABB FIA Formula E Championship race in 2020.

One of the key figures behind the race, Marco Parroni, says that dialogue has reopened about a return to the city in the 2019-20 season, with the event now set to be named the Swiss E-Prix rather than Zurich E-Prix.

The coming season’s race was moved from Zurich to Bern after a separate event on the originally scheduled June date required an alternative to be found.

Parroni, the head of global sponsoring and deputy head of marketing at Formula E partner Julius Baer, believes that a race in Switzerland has an exciting and possibly varied future.

“For the moment this is the idea, but it is only in the last three weeks that we start to slowly discuss with Zurich for 2020,” Parroni told e-racing365.

“Bern really seemed open to discuss in a short time and in the end it was clear this was a good option.”

Parroni believes that open discussions between the two cities and Formula E has ensured a positive future for the Swiss race.

“The two cities talked about it together and the Zurich [group] were completely excited to explain [that it] was a big and clashing event, and so Bern was in favour to take up this opportunity,” he said.

“Then for us when we released the information about this change of venue and we also mentioned that we could return to Zurich in 2020. This is still one option.”

E-racing365 understands that a possible date for the Zurich race in 2020 could be in mid May when the biennial Monaco E-Prix has a fallow year and an alternative venue is needed.

Around 160,000 people were reported to have attended this year’s race, the first international motorsport event held in Switzerland in 64 years.

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Parroni believes that the Swiss E-Prix could become a rotational event with multiple cities taking part in the fixture for future seasons.

“After this amazing event, [the Zurich E-Prix] for me it is better to change the venue, to create a new story with Bern so we can build a new story next year then maybe return to Zurich, or even go to Geneva which would make another great venue, this has to be on any future radar,” he said.

“I think that Formula E is a big topic in Switzerland. Switzerland is a sustainable country and we must to promote more in terms of the new mobility and the green mobility.”

Parroni also called for the need of a stable calendar and for the season not to change too much year-to-year.

“We must look at ways to help the Formula E series to have a stable calendar and not change year-to-year all the time,” he said.

“By developing more support within the country, rather than with a single city.

“The single city can change the major decision makers and influencers and with this can start the difficulties to renew contracts or to have the race.

“It is my opinion but I think it can cause headaches as we have seen, but also we have seen it working well sometimes too.”

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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