FIA Formula E has today confirmed that the season opener for the 2015/16 Championship will take place a week later than originally scheduled.
The move follows a request from Chinese authorities to Formula E Holdings to postpone the race due to other events taking place in the Olympic Park over the weekend of 16th-18th October – when the race was originally scheduled.
The Beijing ePrix will now take place on 24th October
Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, commented: “While this is regrettable that the date of the opening race had has to be delayed by one week, we understand the logistical difficulties in staging conflicting events.”
“Together with our partners and the authorities, we therefore decided that the best course of action was to move our race by one week. We remain confident that despite the date change the Beijing ePrix will provide a spectacular start to the second season of our championship calendar.”
There is almost no benefit to the teams, with the cars already in transit to the Chinese capital, meaning that mechanical and software upgrades cannot be made. Furthermore, it is likely to be an expensive delay for the teams, with flights and accommodate for personnel and sponsors needing to be rearranged.
Furthermore, with some drivers racing in multiple categories, this may cause some conflicts, although none of the teams have yet commented on this situation. What is clear, however, is that the teams will now have just two weeks between the opening rounds.
The FIA has yet to comment on additional rounds for the 2015/16 Championship, although it is expected that confirmation of both the Mexican ePrix and the Swiss ePrix in Lugano will come in the next fortnight. The location of the London ePrix is also subject to confirmation
Revised 2015-2016 FIA Formula E Championship Calendar
- 24.10.15 – Bejing ePrix
- 07.11.15 – Putrajaya ePrix
- 19.12.15 – Punta del Este ePrix
- 06.02.16 – Buenos Aires ePrix
- 19.03.16 – TBC (likely to be Mexican ePrix)
- 02.04.16 – Long Beach ePrix
- 23.04.16 – Paris ePrix
- 21.05.16 – Berlin ePrix
- 04.06.16 – Moscow ePrix
- TBC – London ePrix