The not-so-popular all-electric version of the Formula 1 championship - the Formula E race is all set for the 3rd season, which is slated for the October 2016 start in Honk Kong. On the contrary, the Formula 1 championship is immensely popular, while the Formula E is in its nascent stage and still looking for viewers. But it can't be denied that the all-electric race series is the future of the motorsports.
To make Formula E more popular and expand its global reach, the FIA and organizers of the Formula E have decided to take the race to the cosmopolitan of New York. The Formula E New York City ePrix double-header in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is scheduled for ‘mid-July’ next year. According to the organizers, this will be the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel event to be held within the five boroughs in modern history.
“When we originally started the project we could only dream of bringing Formula E to a place like New York, with arguably the most recognizable skyline of any city in the world. I’d like to thank everyone involved in helping bring Formula E to New York for many years to come.” FIA president Jean Todt said, “Just being able to bring a motor race to the heart of a great city like New York is already an amazing achievement in itself.
The circuit of New York is still going through the final steps and remains subject to the FIA track homologation. The U.S business centre circuit will feature 13 turns and will wind its way around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Which means that the iconic Statue of Liberty will serve as a backdrop for the silent race. Good day for photographers!
“Formula E brings motorsport to the heart of the most important and fascinating cities in the world – New York joins a list that includes, among others, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Paris, Marrakesh and Montreal, proving just how vibrant and attractive this series has become, even though it is about to embark on what is only its third season,” added Jean Todt.
Sebastien Buemi, the reigning Formula E champion expressed his excitement over the prospect - “New York is one of the world's great cities. I think it will be an amazing event, particularly with that backdrop! I can't wait to race there – I expect it's going to be one of the most spectacular tracks we have been to so far. Formula E is always pushing the boundaries with where we go and, along with Hong Kong, Paris and Berlin, we can genuinely say we have the most exciting calendar ever seen in motorsport.”
Another popular name, Lucas di Grassi added: “Just imagine seeing the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline from the pitlane! It will also be a sporting highlight as the track has a mix of fast sections, hairpin bends and a narrow infield directly on the waterfront.”
Just so you know, our very own Mahindra and Mahindra is also a constructor in the Formula E and races under the Mahindra Racing badge. After finishing 8th in the inaugural season, Mahindra finished a respectable 5th in the 2015-2016 season and is aiming for a top 3 finish in the new season with drivers like Felix Rosenqvist and Nich Heidfeld at helm. Our wishes for the team!