10-race schedule confirmed for inaugural Formula E season

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The all-electric FIA Formula E championship has announced a 10-race schedule for its inaugural 2014-2015 season that will start September 13, 2014 in Beijing.

As expected, two North American races are part of the docket. For Round 6, F-E will look to win the hearts of Los Angeles race fans on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, before heading off to Miami for Round 7 on March 14, 2015.

So far, eight teams – including American outfits Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing – are set to compete for the championship. The series says a ninth team will be revealed tomorrow morning.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to confirm our calendar for the inaugural Formula E season and we’re very thankful to all the cities, and candidate cities, for showing their commitment to sustainable mobility,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings.

“The level of interest we have received from cities all over the globe has been overwhelming and choosing the final 10 has been a challenging and meticulous process.

“We’re confident our final 10 cities will provide an array of fantastic backdrops to showcase electric cars in their favoured urban environments, as well as allow us to put on a great spectacle for the fans.”

After the opening race in Beijing, the series will then go to Malaysia for Round 2 and then Rio de Janeiro for Round 3. According to a press release, Rio replaces Hong Kong, which is now considered a candidate for races in future seasons.

Rounds 4 and 5 continue the series’ stay in South America with stops in Uruguay and then Buenos Aires, followed by the aforementioned two races in North America. F-E will finish out the year with three races in Europe – Monte Carlo, Berlin, and the finale in London on June 27, 2015.

2014-2015 FIA Formula E Championship
Final Schedule
Sept. 13, 2014 – Beijing, China
Oct. 18, 2014 – Putrajaya, Malaysia
Nov. 15, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dec. 13, 2014 – Punta del Este, Uruguay
Jan. 10, 2015 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Feb. 14, 2015 – Los Angeles, California, USA
Mar. 14, 2015 – Miami, Florida, USA
May 9, 2015 – Monte Carlo, Monaco
May 30, 2015 – Berlin, Germany
June 27, 2015 – London, England
All events remain subject to FIA Track Homologation.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.