Agag delighted to bring Formula E full circle with London finale

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LONDON – When the checkered flag falls at the end of Sunday’s London ePrix in Battersea Park and the first season of FIA Formula E comes to an end, series CEO Alejandro Agag will have succeeded where many expected him to fail.

The prospect of an all-electric series certified by the FIA is one that created more questions than answers when it was conceived back in 2012.

However, it is one that has not only become a reality, but is also flourishing as it prepares for its season finale on Sunday.

“We are extremely happy to be here,” Agag said in a press conference on Friday. “Not only are we happy to be here racing in London, but we’re extremely happy to be here – now we can say that ‘we made it’. We made the first season of Formula E.

“I see our promoter from Long Beach there smiling – he didn’t think we would make it!” he continued, pointing at the back of the room and laughing. “But we did, and we’re very happy to be here.”

When asked by MotorSportsTalk what his outstanding moment of first season was, Agag was torn between two – one that has been and one that is to come.

“I think the best moment of the season for me was the start of the race in Beijing, when the lights went green and the cars went off,” Agag said.

“That was really for me the highest moment of the season, which will be followed by the end of the London race.

“What we wanted to achieve was the really put in motion this championship. Really the big challenge here was to get the ball rolling, to exist, to create Formula E, to do the whole season.

“Because that’s how we demonstrate that this can be done. This is a very good idea, and many companies and partners and people and supporters like the idea, but they wanted to see it there.”

With season one now in the books, Formula E will be looking to kick on and continue to flourish ahead of the start of the next campaign this fall.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.