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Formula E reveals layout for Rome ePrix

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Formula E has revealed the track layout for its inaugural visit to Rome next spring, with the circuit set to be the second-longest in the all-electric series’ history.

Government officials in Rome approved plans to stage a Formula E race last April, with the event being given a slot for April 14 on the season four calendar.

At a launch event in Rome on Thursday, Lucas di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr. and home favorite Luca Filippi all took part in a show run incorporating many of the city’s main landmarks, as well as being received by city mayor Virginia Raggi.

The circuit in Rome will feature 21 corners and be 2.86km long, making it the second-longest in Formula E history, trailing only Marrakesh.

“I’m excited to be here today to present the first-ever ePrix in Rome – for a spectacular event that will engage and entertain the Roman citizens, as well as create a number of benefits for the city,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said.

“Seeing and hearing the Formula E cars on the streets of a place like Rome, for me will be a truly unforgettable experience. The circuit looks long and challenging for the drivers.

“I’d thank everyone who made it happen, bringing Formula E to the Eternal City. This demonstrates the unity of intent to promote alternative and clean energy solutions, speeding-up the transition thanks to the developments and innovations that characterize our series.”

The new Formula E season gets underway on December 2 in Hong Kong.

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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