Catching Up with Formula E
Saturday’s Mexico City ePrix to be Broadcast Live on BT Sport
On Saturday, March 12th, electric cars will race in Mexico City for the first time.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said: “We are delighted to be taking Formula E to Mexico City. This is one of the world’s great cities, with a rich heritage and passion for motorsport. I’m confident the fans will create an amazing atmosphere and make the Mexico City ePrix one of the most memorable races of the season.”
Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City added: “Staging events such as Formula E is helping to make Mexico City one of the ‘sports capitals’ of the world. After the success of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the addition of the Formula E race shows that the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack is the perfect place for all kinds of racing events and is a key part of the work that the Mexico City government has undertaken to enhance our tourist attractions.”
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is the host track for the inaugural Mexican ePrix. The 2.02 km oval will be altered to include 18 turns.
FanBoost is already open for the event. FanBoost allows people who download the Formula-E app the opportunity to vote for a driver the right to us a 100hp+ boost on demand during the race.
A Look at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Formula racing returns to Mexico with this weekend’s Mexico City ePrix. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has been the host to all kinds of racing, including 3 separate series of Formula 1 racing.
But Saturday’s race will be the first for electric vehicles.
The raceway opened in 1962. In 1971 a crash killed Ricardo Rodriguez during a practice session for the first Mexican Grand Prix in 1971. The track added the Rodriguez surname in his honor, and for the next 7 years hosted an annual F1 event. Formula One raced there again from 1986 to 1994, and returned last year for a new run. CART held two races at Hermanos Rodriguez, along with NASCAr/Busch-series from 2005 to 2008, along with Champ Car racing.
The 2200 meter circuit as the highest elevation for an ePrix, and has been rerouted to include 18 turns. Much of the race will take place in an area called the “stadium section”. After the Grand Prix left town for the second time, a baseball stadium was built in the a portion of the track’s infield area. Look for the crowd to make some noise as local hero Salvador Duran races in Saturday’s event.
IndyCar’s Scott Speed Joins Formula E as a Presenter
“I’m really excited about this opportunity and I think it will be a fun experience to see things from the other side of the camera,” Speed said. “I think Formula E is a great championship, which produces really exciting races, and I can’t wait to get involved in the build-up to the race in Mexico City!”
Scott Speed is coming to a Formula E presenters booth near you. Speed, a member of the Andretti racing team, started 3 Formula E races in 2015; finishing 2nd in Miami.
Berlin E-Prix Finds a New Downtown Circuit
Last year’s Berlin E-Prix took place at an airport-turned racetrack outside of the German capital. This year, the action looks to head downtown at a new 2.03 km circuit.
FIA, Formula-E and the City of Berlin are in talks to move the race to a more central location. Most Formula-E races feature city streets as track.
Shaped like a tomahawk, the race features 11 twists and turns around four straightaways. The race starts at Strausberger Platz, and on towards Alexanderplatz. Racing pits are located on Karl-Marx-Allee.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “It is fantastic news that we have been able to find a new location to race in Berlin and I want to thank everybody who has been involved in making this happen for all their hard work in such a short space of time. Germany is an incredibly important market for Formula E as the home of DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner, and BMW i, the Official Vehicle Partner of the series. I am sure that this race will capture the imagination of the German fans and be a great success.”Click here for reuse options!
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