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

WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.

With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.

Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.

With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.

“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!

“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”

Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.

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