On September 7, Beijing authorities made a request to Formula E Holdings to postpone the race by one week because of another event taking place in the Olympic Park from October 16-18.
“While it is regrettable that the date of the opening race has had to be delayed by one week, we understand the logistical difficulties in staging conflicting events. Together with our partners and the authorities, we therefore decided that the best course of action was to move our race by one week. We remain confident that despite the date change the Beijing ePrix will provide for a spectacular start to the second season of our championship,” said Formula E Chief Executive Officer Alejandro Agag.
The date change for the Beijing ePrix does not affect the rest of the calendar. The 2015-2016 FIA Formula E Championship calendar is: October 24, 2015, Beijing ePrix; November 7, 2015, Putrajaya ePrix; December 19, 2015, Punta del Este ePrix; February 6, 2016, Buenos Aires ePrix; March 19, 2016, TBC; April 2, 2016, Long Beach ePrix; April 23, 2016, Paris ePrix; May 21, 2016, Berlin ePrix; June 4, 2016, Moscow ePrix; and TBC, London ePrix.
Formula E is a ground-breaking FIA championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability.
The first season began in Beijing in September 2014 and completed in London in June 2015, staged in 10 major cities with 11 races around the world. The championship sees 10 teams, each with two drivers, going head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsports fans.
The second season gets underway in October in Beijing where the series becomes an “open championship,” allowing approved manufacturers to develop new powertrain solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on improving battery technology.