Formula E season two calendar confirmed: Paris joins, Miami and Monaco dropped

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The World Motor Sport Council has approved the calendar for the second FIA Formula E season following its meeting in Mexico City earlier this week.

As expected, the majority of the races held in the first season have been retained for the second campaign, which will start in Beijing on October 17.

Formula E will once again head to Putrajaya in Malaysia for the second round of the season before rounding out the calendar year in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Buenos Aires will host the first round of 2016, albeit a month later than it did in season one, before a “TBD” round that is slated for March 19. MotorSportsTalk understands that this will be in Mexico City at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The United States will only host one Formula E round in season two as the Miami round is cut from the schedule. Long Beach has been retained, though, and will welcome the series on April 2.

The championship will then head to Europe on April 23 for a race in Paris, new for season two, before a one month break ahead of the Berlin ePrix on May 21. The Monaco ePrix has been dropped.

Moscow is set to host an ePrix on June 4 before another double-header season finale in London. However, the date is yet to be confirmed, but may need to be shelved until July 10 to avoid clashing with a Formula 1 grand prix.

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship calendar

Round Date Country ePrix
1 17 October 2015 China Beijing
2 7 November 2015 Malaysia Putrajaya
3 19 December 2015 Uruguay** Punta del Este**
4 6 February 2016 Argentina** Buenos Aires**
5 19 March 2016 TBD TBD
6 2 April 2016 USA Long Beach
7 23 April 2016 France Paris
8 21 May 2016 Germany Berlin
9 4 June 2016 Russia Moscow
10 & 11 TBD United Kingdom London

 

The WMSC also approved plans for the introduction of an ‘e-licence’ in Formula E, required by all drivers participating in the series.

“In order to qualify for the e-Licence, the following is required:

  • A specific FIA training session on the most important points of electrical safety, technical and sporting aspects of the competition
  • To have accumulated in the previous three years at least 20 points of the FIA points system used to qualify for the F1 Super Licence, or to have previously held an F1 Super Licence, or to have participated in at least three races of the previous FIA Formula E Championship.”

Finally, the Formula E champion will be granted a super licence to race in F1 as part of the FIA’s revised points system to gain one. The series is not included in the points classification, though.

Dan Ticktum wins crash-marred FIA F3 World Cup in Macau

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Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.

This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.

“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”

On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.

“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.

“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”