● Rounds in 12 cities planned ● No more pitstops to change cars
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.”