PARIS

A ‘TURN­ING POINT’ FOR FE

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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.”

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