A ‘TURNING POINT’ FOR FE
Formula E’s inaugural race on the streets of Paris must be used as a “turning point” for the electric single-seater series, according to series head Alejandro Agag.
The Paris eprix took place around Les Invalides, the army hospital and hotel complex that also houses Napoleon’s Tomb, and with the Eiffel Tower as a dramatic backdrop.
Agag believes taking the championship into the heart of the French city is a “coming of age” moment.
“Even by FE standards it is amazing,” he said. “This is the best one so far.
“This is like the demonstration that Formula E can really bring racing to the heart of a city like this. Like a coming of age, it’s a turning point – the whole world is going to see the images of the cars, the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides. It shows the power and potential of Formula E.”
The track was also based near to the headquarters of the FIA and the governing body’s president Jean Todt said he hoped the race would remain “for years to come”.
FE is in the process of finalising its season three calendar, with a New York race the headline potential addition.
Agag says he will use the Paris race as a blueprint for getting such deals over the line.
“This is what we need to use as a showcase,” he said. “To say ‘this is what we can do, if you want the same, you have to do it in the city centre’.
“It’s huge. I can’t believe it myself. I walk around and say, ‘Have we really done this?’
“It’s an incredible achievement. Four years ago when we started we would never have dreamed of this. It’s a sign of how quick big things are coming for Formula E.”