|Expect details on the 2015-2016 Formula E calendar in the coming days|
The World Motorsport Council meeting between Wednesday and Friday this week in Mexico City. AR1 is hearing that the FIA Formula E 2015-2016 calendar will be unveiled at some point during the meeting.
Details on the calendar have been relatively hard to come by. We know that the season will once again begin in Beijing – albeit a month later than last year's September date. Other events such as Putrajaya, Punta del Este, Buenos Aires, Moscow and London are expected to return in place with Mexico City and Paris likely added. There has been mixed information regarding the status North American events in Miami and Long Beach and European events such as Berlin and Monaco.
Anyway, we should know more later this week. For now, here is AR1's broad outline on how we think the calendar will shape up…Brian C. reporting for AutoRacing1
Testing will be held at Donington Park August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. As for the race calendar…
|October 17||Beijing e Prix||Beijing Olympic Green Circuit||Fact||Race has been confirmed as 2015-2016 season opener|
|November 21||Putrajaya ePrix||Putrajaya Street Circuit||Strong||The Malaysian street circuit looks set to return this time without a 10-week gap between the opening two ePrix.|
|December 12||Punta del Este ePrix||Punta del Este Street Circuit||Strong||Punta del Este appears set.|
|January 9||Buenos Aires ePrix||Buenos Aires Street Circuit||Strong||Buenos Aires hosted an exciting ePrix in 2015 and looks set for 2016.|
|February 6||Mexico City ePrix||Mexico City Street Circuit?||Strong||Mexico City is going to happen. Question is when?|
|March 12||Miami ePrix||Biscayne Bay Street Circuit||Speculation||There have been mixed reports on whether the Andretti Sports Marketing event will return. We’re not sure.|
|April 2||Long Beach ePrix||Long Beach Street Circuit||Speculation||The Saturday two weeks before the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fit nicely into Long Beach’s schedule in 2015.|
|April 23||Paris ePrix||Paris Street Circuit?||Strong||Alejandro Agag has stated repeatedly Paris is likely to be added. Will Paris open the European season?|
|May 7||Monaco ePrix||Circuit de Monaco||Speculation||There have been conflicting reports regarding Monaco. Some suggest the ePrix might rotate bi-annually, others suggest it is set for next year’s calendar.|
|May 21||Berlin ePrix||Berlin Templhof Airport||Speculation||The Berlin race had mixed reviews. Reports, say they could have competition for their spot on the calendar.|
|June 4||Moscow ePrix||Moscow Street Circuit||Strong||The picturesque circuit with the Kremlin backdrop looks set for season two.|
|June 25 & 26 (Doubleheader)||London ePrix||Battersea Park Street Circuit||Strong||Some reports have hinted the London e Prix could be a week later, but that would bump into Silverstone and Agag has repeatedly stated calendar would wrap up by June.|
Other sites mentioned:
Africa – Alejandro Agag is quoted as saying the series is looking at an African venue but no specific cities have been mentioned. Look for an African venue to be added down the road.
Brussels – Reportedly, officials from Brussels were in London last weekend, making a pitch to be add the Belgian capital to the calendar.
India – Pawan Goenka of Mahindra has said that they would like to pursue an ePrix in India for the 2016/2017 season. New Delhi and Bangalore are possible destinations.
Lugano – The picturesque Swiss town has reportedly made a bid to host an ePrix, and Switzerland has passed laws allowing them to hold Formula E races. But they have stiff competition from an already crowded European calendar.
Montreal – A Montreal street circuit looks like a strong possibility for the 2016/2017 calendar.