Formula E set for a full house at Monaco as tickets sell out

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Formula E may only be in its inaugural season, but the championship already appears to be capturing the attention of racing fans all over the world as it prepares to hit European shores for the first time in May.

The electric-powered series will grace the streets of Monaco on May 9 for the next ePrix on the calendar, racing around a modified and shortened version of the F1 course.

In a post on the series’ official website on Thursday, it was revealed that general admission tickets for the Monaco ePrix have completely sold out, meaning that the championship will be showcased in front of a bumper crowd of 18,000 fans.

From Monaco, the championship then heads east to Berlin, the capital of Germany, for a race around the disused Templehof airport on May 23. Tickets are still available for the race and are now on sale, with information available via the Formula E website.

Ticket information for the Moscow ePrix in Russia on June 6 is set to be made available this coming Monday (April 27) in what promises to be a thrilling event in close proximity to the Kremlin and Red Square.

Today also marked the announcement of the ticketing procedure for the season-ending London ePrix, with the first batch being made available on May 1 in a pre-sale for subscribers to the series’ newsletter. For more information, click here.

The championship race looks bound to go down to the final double-header of the year in London as a number of drivers vie for the inaugural title. Lucas di Grassi continues to lead the way, but is just one point ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr. following the latter’s victory at Long Beach earlier this month.

Given that Nicolas Prost, Sebastien Buemi and Sam Bird are all within one race win of the championship lead as well, it is unlikely that one driver will be far enough ahead to head to London with the title already under his belt.

2014-2015 FIA Formula E Season – Remaining Races

Round 7. Monaco ePrix May 9 2015
Round 8. Berlin ePrix May 23 2015
Round 9. Moscow ePrix June 6 2015
Round 10. London ePrix (Race 1) June 27 2015
Round 11. London ePrix (Race 2) June 28 2015

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).