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2019 FIA Formula E Schedule
*Correct at 2 December 2018*
|15 Dec 18||1||Ad Diriyah||Riyadh||Saudi Arabia|
|12 Jan 19||2||Circuit Moulay El Hassan||Marrakesh||Morocco|
|26 Jan 19||3||Santiago||Santiago||Chile|
|16 Feb 19||4||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||Mexico City||Mexico|
|10 Mar 19||5||Harbourfront Circuit||Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|23 Mar 19||6||Sanya||Sanya||P.R. China|
|13 Apr 19||7||Circuito Cittadino Dell’Eur||Rome||Italy|
|27 Apr 19||8||Circuit des Invalides||Paris||France|
|11 May 19||9||Monaco||Monaco||Moanco|
|25 May 19||10||Tempelhof||Berlin||Germany|
|22 Jun 19||11||Bern||Bern||Switzerland|
|13 Jul 19||12||Brooklyn Street Circuit||New York||USA|
|14 Jul 19||13||Brooklyn Street Circuit||New York||USA|
A much more advanced new car replaces the old design, which means no more car swaps! The races however will be slightly shorter than before, to ensure these cars can make the chequered flag. With no pit stops there is promise of a new ‘Attack Mode’ feature, giving drivers an extra boost at certain times.
As for the calendar, the season starts in the middle of December 2018, slightly later than usual, with a controversial brand new event just outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For series which views itself as forward-thinking to start their year, with all the promo with the radical new car, in a country which limits freedoms for sections of society and tortures those who disagree with it, is, let’s say… not helpful.
Sections of the fanbase are already committed to boycotting the event. I haven’t decided what to do yet, part of me wants to use the hashtags to promote some of the distasteful things they’ve done, part of me just wants to completely ignore it and start watching later in the season, part of me wants to watch it quietly without any of the social media interaction they are craving.
As for the rest of the year, Marrakesh and Santiago are next up, as they were before. Mexico City retains 4th spot but runs 2 weeks earlier this time.
Hong Kong reduces from a double-header to a single race and moves from round 1 in December to round 5 in March.
The paddock-popular beachside Punta del Este round in Uruguay is lost again after a one-year return, though I’m sure I’ve seen some suggestion of interest from IndyCar in going there from 2020.
This is replaced with a new round in Sanya, in China. I think there’s a possibility if this falls through that Punta del Este is on the reserve list.
The series then visits Rome and Paris before a return to Monaco, though I’ve heard a plan to run the full GP circuit has been cancelled which is a real shame, the short circuit they’ve been using was rubbish.
The penultimate round switches from Zurich to Bern before the season finale double-header in Brooklyn.
- Punta Del Este
- Ad Diriyah
- Monaco (returning)
The biggest issue is a lot of drivers (and media) do both FE and the FIA WEC. The good news is the WEC’s “Superseason” only has 3 rounds during this season of FE and none of them clash (and neither does Le Mans Test Day).
There are two tight bits:
A three-week span of Hong Kong e-Prix, 12 Hours of Sebring IMSA / 1000 Miles of Sebring WEC, Sanya e-Prix which might mean journeying from China to the US and back.
A more manageable three-week Francophone span of Paris e-Prix, 6 Hours of Spa, Monaco e-Prix.
There is though a clash with the 24 Hours of Daytona in January which will prevent the likes of Alexander Sims, Sam Bird, Nelson Piquet Jr, Lucas Di Grassi and perhaps others who might usually be expected to attend, from competing in both.
There are the usual clashes with F1 and IndyCar but that wouldn’t normally be expected to cause problems other than those with media focused elsewhere.