Motorsport will return to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years. The country’s largest city Zurich will play host to a round of the FIA Formula E Championship, series organisers have confirmed.
The Alpine country has not hosted an FIA-sanctioned single-seater race after motor racing was outlawed in the wake of the Le Mans 24 Hours disaster in 1955 when driver Pierre Levegh and 83 spectators were killed.
In 2015, however, Swiss laws were changed to permit fully electric racing which enabled the Formula E Championship to explore staging an ePrix.
The inaugural Zurich ePrix is slated for 10 June, the final round of the European leg of the season before double-header events in New York and Montréal.
“The calendar for next season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet with four new venues – including Zurich.” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
“I’m thrilled that Formula E is bringing racing back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the core fundamentals of Formula E – driving the electric revolution and sustainable mobility.”
Organisers have also confirmed that Berlin’s disused Tempelhof Airport will again play host to the city’s ePrix, with the location having previously been listed as ‘TBA’ when the provisional 2017-18 calendar was revealed earlier this year.
|2017-18 FIA Formula E Championship Calendar|
|02-03 Oct 2017||Hong Kong ePrix*||Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit, Hong Kong|
|13 Jan 2018||Marrakesh ePrix||Circuit Moulay El Hassan, Marrakech, Morocco|
|03 Feb 2018||Santiago ePrix||Santiago street circuit, Santiago, Chile|
|03 Mar 2018||Mexico City ePrix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico|
|17 Mar 2018||São Paulo ePrix||São Paulo street circuit, São Paulo, Brazil|
|14 Apr 2018||Rome ePrix||Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR, Rome, Italy|
|28 Apr 2018||Paris ePrix||Les Invalides street circuit, Paris, France|
|19 May 2018||Berlin ePrix||Tempelhof Airport Circuit, Berlin, Germany|
|10 June 2018||Zurich ePrix||TBA, Zurich, Switzerland|
|14-15 July 2018||New York ePrix*||Brooklyn Street Circuit, New York City, United States|
|28-29 July 2018||Montréal ePrix*||TBA, Montréal, Canada|
* Denotes double-header event
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