Formula E has added Moscow to the calendar for it’s inaugural season, meaning the the championship will have ten races in total.
The 2014/15 calendar initially had ten races, before the Brazilian street race in Rio was canceled last year.
Formula E CEO, Alejandro Agag had previously mentioned that the series were looking to turn one of the European rounds into a double-header, but that idea has now been scrapped due to the addition of a race in Moscow.
It will be held on the June 6th, meaning it becomes the ninth round of the championship. To accommodate the Russian round, the Berlin race has been moved from May 30th to May 23rd.
After the inaugural Formula 1 race in Russia last year FIA president Jean Todt believes it is another step forward for motorsport in country.
“Russia’s presence in motorsport dates back to the beginning of the 20th century but the growth rate which we’ve seen in the last few years is incredible,” Todt said. “After the debut of the WTCC two years ago and of Formula 1 last year, the launch of another FIA championship in the country is an important milestone in this growth path.”
While Agag believe Russia is the right market place for the electric series.
“Russia’s automotive market is steadily growing, as is its electric vehicle industry and I am confident that Formula E will help to promote the concept of sustainable mobility in this country” said Agag “As with our previous races, we have no doubt the Moscow ePrix is going to be a fantastic spectacle for teams, drivers and fans.”
Despite it not being the first race to be held on the streets of Moscow organiser, Svetlana Korshunova believes it still “exciting”.
“For eight years now we have been holding Moscow City Racing events and each year we would do our best to come up with something new and exciting.” said Korshunova
With Formula E on its mid-season break, Brazilian Luca di Grassi leads the championship to Britain’s Sam Bird.
Round 5 – Miami ePrix, USA, March 14 2015
Round 6 – Long Beach ePrix, USA, April 4 2015
Round 7 – Monaco ePrix, Monaco, May 9 2015
Round 8 – Berlin ePrix, Germany, May 23 2015
Round 9 – Moscow ePrix, Russia, June 6 2015
Round 10 – London ePrix, UK June 27 2015
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