- Oct 27, 2014
The move comes from Agag’s desire to fill up a quite sparse calendar after several host cities including Rome and Hong Kong dropped out. A possible Russian race had already been positively received by the Formula E Teams’ Association as a chance for more exposure and to fulfil their 10-race season budget. Despite the challenges of planning and hosting a race from scratch in mere months, a press conference held in the Russian capital attended by Agag and FIA President Jean Todt unveiled the street circuit route, running right next to Russia’s political centre the Kremlin, which you can see at the end of the above video.
The 1.49 mile, 13-turn circuit mainly circles the site of the now-demolished Rossiya Hotel. One of the sections navigates through Slavyanskaya Square before heading back and through a short chicane typical of this series’ tracks. Similar to Malaysia's Putrajaya circuit, it briefly heads up the bridge past Vasilyevsky Spusk square followed by two 180 degree hairpins, then a left-hander back onto the start-finish straight alongside Moskva River.
The circuit remains subject to FIA approval and homologation, but all parties were excited about the project. Agag said that “Russian people have always welcomed with passion and enthusiasm international events and we are sure it will be the same with the Moscow ePrix.” His thoughts were joined by the ePrix’s organiser Svetlana Korshunova, citing the city’s annual City Racing festivals as proof it could host events like this: “In 2011 the highlight of our show [Moscow City Racing] was the participation of EF01 Formulec racing car, the first in the world completely eco-friendly vehicle, developed in France. Since then we’ve been closely following the development of this segment in motorsport and it is a great honour for us to see fully electric racing cars on Moscow streets again but in a totally different status. This is going to be an unforgettable experience!”
Moscow’s very late addition to the calendar means that the Berlin ePrix is being brought forward by one week and will now take place on May 23rd. Moscow itself will take place on June 6th before the final (likely) double header in London the same month.
Revised schedule for remaining races
Round 5 Miami 14th March
Round 6 Long Beach 4th April
Round 7 Monte Carlo 9th May
Round 8 Berlin 23rd May
Round 9 Moscow 6th June
Rounds 10/11 London 27/28th June