The circuit layout to be used for the inaugural Rome Formula E Championship ePrix has been revealed as part of a lavish media event.
It was attended by Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, the city’s mayor Virginia Raggi and all three of the series’ champions, Nelson Piquet Jr., Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi. Joining them was Italian driver Luca Filippi, recently signed to the NIO team for the 2017-18 season.
Dubbed the Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR, the 2.85-kilometre anticlockwise circuit – the second-longest on the 2017-18 calendar – packs in 21 turns over a layout that will prove tough for overtaking.
The starting grid will be located on Via Cristoforo Colombo before it winds its way around the Obelisco di Marconi, against the backdrop of the Colosseo Quadrato, in the city’s Esposizione Universale Roma district.
“I’m excited to be here today to present the first ever E-Prix in Rome,” said Agag.
“It will be a spectacular event that will engage and entertain the Roman citizens, as well as create a number of benefits for the city.
“The circuit looks long and challenging for the drivers – I’d thank everyone who made it happen, bringing Formula E to the Eternal City.”
Rome is one of four cities new to the Formula E Championship calendar this season, alongside Santiago, São Paulo and Zurich.
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