The opening round of the second FIA Formula E season has been delayed, due to a request from officials in the host city of Beijing, China. The event is now scheduled to take place one week later, on Saturday October 24.

While all pre-season testing has been completed and teams have already packed and shipped their cars and equipment in readiness for the event, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that the change has been made to avoid the race meeting clashing with other events planned for the Beijing Olympic Park precinct.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The rescheduling of the Beijing ePrix effectively shortens the season’s length by one week, with the change not affecting any of other championship rounds. There is still one race location yet to be finalised and announced, planned for Round 5 on March 19, while the season-ending London ePrix is yet to have its date locked in.

2015/6 FIA Formula E World Championship Season Calendar
Date Event Location
24 October 2015 cn Beijing ePrix Beijing Olympic Green Circuit, China
07 November 2015 my Putrajaya ePrix Putrajaya street circuit, Malaysia
19 December 2015 uy Punta del Este ePrix Punta del Este street circuit, Uruguay
06 February 2016 it Buenos Aires ePrix Puerto Madero street circuit, Argentina
19 March 2016 TBA
02 April 2016 us Long Beach ePrix Long Beach street circuit, United States
23 April 2016 fr Paris ePrix Les Invalides street circuit, Paris, France
21 May 2016 de Berlin ePrix Tempelhof Airport circuit, Germany
04 June 2016 ru Moscow ePrix Moscow street circuit, Russia
TBA uk London ePrix Battersea Park street circuit, London, United Kingdom
TBA uk London ePrix Battersea Park street circuit, London, United Kingdom

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