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Rio replaces Hong Kong on revised Formula E calendar

Dec 5 2013, 5:10am CST | by IANS

Paris, Dec 5 (IANS) Rio has replaced Hong Kong on the confirmed calendar of the FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September next year.

Paris, Dec 5 — Rio has replaced Hong Kong on the confirmed calendar of the FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September next year. The calendar was submitted to the motorsports' governing body...

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Rio replaces Hong Kong on revised Formula E calendar

Dec 5 2013, 5:10am CST | by IANS

Paris, Dec 5 (IANS) Rio has replaced Hong Kong on the confirmed calendar of the FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September next year.

Paris, Dec 5 — Rio has replaced Hong Kong on the confirmed calendar of the FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September next year.

The calendar was submitted to the motorsports' governing body FIA at its World Motor Sport Council here Wednesday and will run from September 2014 to June 2015.

Beijing will remain as the host venue for the world's first ever fully-electric race commencing Sep 13, one week earlier than previously planned.

After the opening round in Beijing, the 10 teams and 20 drivers will remain in Asia for Round 2 with Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia Oct 18. Round 3 will now see the championship head to Rio de Janeiro, the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city of Brazil. Rio replaces Hong Kong which will instead be considered as a candidate city for the following Formula E seasons.

From here, the series continues in South America with Round 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, Dec 13 before starting the New Year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Round 5 Jan 10. The championship then heads to North America for Rounds 6 and 7 with Los Angeles Feb 14, 2015 and Miami now brought forward to March 14, 2015.

The season then moves to Europe for the final three rounds beginning with Monte Carlo May 9 followed by the German capital of Berlin (May 30) where the former airport of Tempelhof has already been revealed as the circuit location.

The inaugural season then reaches its climax in London June 27.

All Formula E events will feature a free practice session, qualifying session, one-hour race and live music concert taking place in a single day (Saturday) in order to minimise disruption to the city and its surrounding areas.

Precise circuit layouts for each venue will be revealed at a later stage but all will use city-centre locations. Tickets for the first rounds will go on sale in 2014.

Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy - representing a vision for the future and serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle. For the first season only, all 10 teams - each with two drivers - will compete using the new Spark-Renault SRT_01E car which completed its successful test debut last month.

The calendar:

Round 1 - Beijing, China, Sep 13, 2014

Round 2 - Putrajaya, Malaysia, Oct 18, 2014

Round 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov 15, 2014

Round 4 - Punta del Este, Uruguay, Dec 13, 2014

Round 5 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 10, 2015

Round 6 - Los Angeles, USA, Feb 14, 2015

Round 7 - Miami, USA , March 14, 2015

Round 8 - Monte Carlo, Monaco, May 9, 2015

Round 9 - Berlin, Germany, May 30, 2015

Round 10 - London, UK, June 27, 2015

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