Agag: Paris Formula E race a “landmark” for series

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Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag made no secret of his delight after announcing that Paris would be hosting an ePrix in the championship’s second season.

Following the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Mexico City this week, the calendar for the 2015/2016 season was confirmed.

Paris is the only new race to be announced for season two, although a “TBD” race is planned for March 19. This is thought to be in Mexico City, which would also be an inaugural event.

The Paris ePrix is set to be held on a circuit around the architectural complex of Les Invalides, one of the most historic parts of the city.

Speaking following the announcement of the race, Agag was delighted to have secured a place for Paris on the calendar in season two and has high expectations for the race.

“Staging a Formula E race in the heart of Paris is undoubtedly a landmark in the development of our series,” Agag said.

“I am particularly pleased that a city that is so involved in energy transition and sustainable development will organize a round of the championship.

“The splendid setting of Les Invalides will deliver a unique and futuristic spectacle in an historic venue, making this French leg a real highlight of the championship.”

The race also has the blessing of the French government, with Paris minister for young people and sport Patrick Kanner explaining how organizers have worked in tandem with local authorities in planning the race.

“On a daily basis, we are working with Thierry Braillard, the Secretary of State for Sport, to ensure that France is seen as a fitting venue for major international sporting events,” Kanner said.

“But these events have to match our values, be sustainable through public financing, respect the environment and appeal to the French public. That is why the government is actively supporting this event.”

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship calendar

1. Beijing ePrix – October 17
2. Putrajaya ePrix – November 7
3. Punta del Este ePrix – December 19
4. Buenos Aires ePrix – February 6
5. TBD – March 19
6. Long Beach ePrix – April 2
7. Paris ePrix – April 23
8. Berlin ePrix – May 21
9. Moscow ePrix – June 4
10. London ePrix – date TBC

As in season one, the London ePrix will be a double-header.