alejandro agag

Getty Images

Rome approves plans to stage Formula E race in 2018

Leave a comment

Rome has given the green light to plans for a Formula E race in 2018 following a vote by city officials, who offered unanimous approval.

Rome was first set to stage a Formula E race during its inaugural season (2014/15), with the event being announced back in 2012 before a change in the city government caused the idea to be shelved.

The election of mayor Virginia Raggi led to a resumption of talks including Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and FIA president Jean Todt, leading to the plans being put to the authorities on Thursday.

A unanimous vote was returned, giving the green light for a Formula E race to be staged in Rome as early as next year.

Formula E officials have completed feasibility studies in Rome, but a track layout has not been confirmed, with the series still yet to make a final call on whether to go ahead with the race. A final decision is set to be made in the coming months as the calendar for season four is compiled.

“The prospect of Rome hosting an ePrix is an exciting one, especially as that’s where the first concept of the original Formula E car ran on the streets past the Colosseum only five years ago,” Agag said.

“We are grateful to the city of Rome to grant the required permits, and now we are one step closer to bringing electric street racing to the capital of Italy – a country with strong culture and deep roots in motorsport.

“We are continuing to assess the possible inclusion of Rome on next year’s calendar in spring 2018, and I’m sure Rome can assert itself as a flagship event along with the likes of Hong Kong, Paris, New York and Montreal.”

Agag expects Gutierrez to mount Formula E title charge in season four

© Getty Images
1 Comment

FIA Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag believes that recent Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez can become a title contender when he races full-time in the all-electric championship.

After losing his seat with the Haas team at the end of the 2016 season, Gutierrez announced earlier this week that he would be joining Formula E for the race in Mexico City in April.

The 2010 GP3 champion is set to also feature in New York City before securing a full-season seat for the championship’s fourth campaign, due to start in the fall of 2017.

Speaking to the Formula E website, Agag spoke warmly of Gutierrez’s arrival, before adding that he believes the Mexican can become a title contender.

“I think that’s great news for the championship,” Agag said.

“We’ve known Esteban for a long time. I was in GP2 when Esteban was there and obviously he’s a great driver. He’s a young driver and has a long career in front of him and is choosing to follow his career after Formula 1 in Formula E.

“At his age, I see a very bright future for him. I think it’s going to be great for the Mexico race to have a local star for the fans to cheer for.

“This year Esteban is going to be on a learning curve in Formula E. He’s missed two races of the season already, so it’s not a season for him to try to win the championship, but a season to learn.

“He’ll race in Mexico and New York. We have a few clashes with other championships that will free up seats and for him to occupy those seats and to learn.

“And then after that in season four, I think he’ll have a proper race driver and will be one of the guys who is going to fight for the championship.”

Gutierrez is expected to step in for one of the drivers unable to race in Mexico and New York due to the clashes with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Formula E CEO Agag gives TEDx talk: ‘Why we need to extend our time on earth’

Leave a comment

Formula E may have established itself as one of the world’s most exciting and up-and-coming motorsport championships, but at its core remains a key mission statement.

The drive to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean technology is at the heart of the series, with Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag playing a big part in putting this message across.

Following last month’s Marrakesh ePrix in Morroco, Agag made the trip to Monte Carlo to take part in a ‘TEDx’ event to appear as one of the speakers.

In the above video, Agag talks about the importance of reducing the impact of mankind on the earth and cutting emissions so as to extend our time on this planet, offering some interesting insights and thoughts, particularly when discussing the ‘Earth year’.

Buenos Aires Formula E race set to switch venue for 2018

© Getty Images
Leave a comment

Formula E will have to find a new venue for its race in Buenos Aires, Argentina as of 2018 after it was confirmed earlier this week that February’s event will be the last at Puerto Madero.

Buenos Aires is one of just two cities to have appeared in all three Formula E seasons – the other being Berlin – and will welcome the all-electric series once again on February 18.

A park in the coastal district of Puerto Madero was transformed into a street circuit for the race, posing one of the greatest challenges on the Formula E calendar to drivers with a fast, flowing layout.

However, with the local government set to push on with redevelopment work in the area, the decision has been taken to move the race away from Puerto Madero.

“We will work along with the government to find another location,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said of the move, as quoted by motorsport.com.

“We want to find a new track and this is key in order to renew the contract between Formula E and Buenos Aires for the future.”

Agag is relishing the upcoming race in Buenos Aires, believing that the third edition of the city’s ePrix can live up to the expectations stemming from the previous two events.

“It’s fantastic to be returning to Buenos Aires for a third time in as many seasons. The two races in Puerto Madero have seen some incredible action and always feature strongly in the end of season highlights reel,” Agag said.

“Last season the eventual champion Sebastien Buemi fought his way through from last on the grid to finish second behind Sam Bird.

“One of the best things about Argentina is the fans – they are so passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. South America has deep roots in motorsport and many champions across a number of categories, including three-time WTCC champion and DS Virgin Racing driver Jose Maria Lopez.

“The atmosphere in the city will be incredible for Pechito’s home race – it’s going to be very special.”

Lucas di Grassi drives Formula E car on Arctic ice cap (VIDEO)

Leave a comment

Formula E has broken yet more ground by taking its all-electric car to the Arctic ice cap in Greenland for a special demonstration with Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi.

In a bid to raise awareness about global warming and the erosion of ice in the Arctic, Formula E teamed up with series partners Julius Baer, Visa, DHL, Schaeffler, Mumm champagne and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for the show run on ice.

“I have four children and the future of the planet depends on how we can control the effect that human life is having on the environment and the climate,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said.

“That is why I think climate change is very important to address, to control, to face, and everyone can do something. We do something for motorsport, other people can do something from whatever they do in their lives.”

“It was such a beautiful, peaceful place,” di Grassi added.

“To come here and see how huge the ice cap is and how the effect of global warming is changing it, melting it, gives me a completely different understanding of what we are doing with Formula E and the importance of driving electric cars.”

A special documentary on the show run will premiere at COP22 in Marrakesh, a low-emissions solutions conference, in November.