The opening round of the 2016/2017 Formula E season gets underway this weekend in one of the most fascinating cities of the world. 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.
This is the third season for the all-electric series and will run from now until July 2017, visiting some of the most beautiful cities in the world including Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Monaco, Paris and Berlin, while Marrakesh, Brussels, New York and Montreal make their debut as host 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.