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For­mula E con­firms its 2018-19 cal­en­dar, plus lat­est news

THE FIA For­mula E cham­pi­onship has con­firmed a 13-round cal­en­dar for 2018-19, vis­it­ing 12 cities. This fifth sea­son will see the debut of the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion car and a move to 45-minute races with no car changes mid-way.

The cham­pi­onship will kick off in Riyadh, the cap­i­tal of Saudi Ara­bia, on 15 De­cem­ber be­fore vis­it­ing Mar­rakech in Morocco on 12 Jan­uary. A race in a to-be-con­firmed city will take place on 26 Jan­uary, be­fore vis­its to Mex­ico City, Hong Kong, a sec­ond Chi­nese race, Rome, Paris, Monaco, Ber­lin and Zurich from Fe­bru­ary to June 2019. New York will again host a dou­ble-header fi­nale in July.

As well as the cal­en­dar, the FIA has con­firmed changes to the race for­mat, which take into ac­count the in­creased power and en­ergy stor­age of the new car. Driv­ers will be re­quired to use two dif­fer­ent power modes dur­ing the race. The higher-power mode will give them 225kw, as op­posed to the stan­dard 200kw, and will be avail­able in a spe­cial ‘ac­ti­va­tion zone’.

This zone will be clearly marked for fans track­side and watch­ing on TV, and the two power modes on each car will be in­di­cated us­ing dif­fer­ent-coloured LEDS built into the Halo head pro­tec­tion.

The num­ber of in­di­vid­ual uses and the du­ra­tion of the high-power mode will vary at each event and be de­ter­mined by the FIA. Com­ment­ing on the changes, For­mula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “The new for­mat and lev­els of power will add an ex­tra strate­gic el­e­ment and con­tinue to of­fer in­tense com­pe­ti­tion be­tween some of the most tal­ented driv­ers in motorsport.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the new cars and for­mat in ac­tion against the back­drop of iconic city sky­lines.”

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