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Third Formula E season gets underway in Hong Kong

05.10.16

The FIA Formula E championship kicks off in Hong Kong this Sunday, 9 October. Ten teams and twenty drivers will battle it out for victory in the third edition of the championship for all-electric-powered cars

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The first round of the FIA Formula E season gets underway on 9 October in one of the most fascinating cities of the world, on a circuit specially built up on the island of Hong Kong over a length of 1.86 kilometres. It features ten corners wending their way around the famous bay, which provides a truly unique backdrop. In fact, this third season of Formula E runs from now until July 2017, visiting some of the most beautiful cities in the world including Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Monaco, Paris and Berlin, with others, Marrakesh, Brussels, New York and Montreal making their debut as venues.

One of the main aims of the championship is indeed to bring motor sport into the heart of major cities, to introduce it to a whole new and younger audience, as well as promoting a new model of more sustainable mobility, linked to the increased use of electric vehicles.

“In its first two years, Formula E has managed to establish itself as one of the most dynamic forms of motor sport,” commented FIA President Jean Todt. “The concept is not just a new racing discipline, as the way the events are run is also based on a new model, with everything taking place on a single day, from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, all of it taking place in the heart of city. That way, it brings four-wheeled motor sport to a sector of the public who otherwise might never have had this opportunity.

“Watching a motor race in the heart of Paris was for me personally a dream come true and now I can’t wait to attend the event in Hong Kong, an amazing city which will provide an incomparable setting for the debut of motor sport on its streets.”

As a prologue to the Hong Kong ePrix, drivers will be able to give their cars a shake-down at 15:00 on Saturday 8 October. Then, as from 8 on Sunday morning, the official programme gets underway, as per the following timetable:

 

Start

Finish

Session

8.00

8.45

Non qualifying practice 1

10.30

11.00

Non qualifying practice 2

12.00

12.06

Qualifying Group 1

12.10

12.16

Qualifying Group 2

12.20

12.26

Qualifying Group 3

12.30

12.36

Qualifying Group 4

12.45

13.00

Super Pole

16.04

 

Race

 

Circuit: Hong Kong Central Harbourfront

Length: 1.860 km

Start/finish line offset: 102 m

Number of laps: 45

 

Entry list

Team

Driver

Number

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

Daniel Abt

66

 

Lucas di Grassi

11

Andretti Formula E

Antonio Felix da Costa

28

 

Robin Frijns

27

DS Virgin Racing

Sam Bird

2

 

José Maria Lopez

37

Faraday Future Dragon Racing

Jerome D’Ambrosio

7

 

Loïc Duval

6

Mahindra Racing

Nick Heidfeld

23

 

Felix Rosenqvist

19

NEXTEV NIO

Nelson Piquet Jr.

3

 

Oliver Turvey

88

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

Adam Carroll

47

 

Mitch Evans

20

Renault eDAMS

Sebastien Buemi

9

 

Nicolas Prost

8

Techeetah

Qing Hua Ma

33

 

Jean-Eric Vergne

25

Venturi Formula E Team

Maro Engel

5

 

Stephane Sarrazin

4