Zürich will not play host to a round of the FIA Formula E Championship in the forthcoming 2018-19 season, city officials have announced.
Switzerland’s largest city played host to the country’s long-awaited return to hosting a motorsport race earlier this year, staging the penultimate round of the 2017-18 Formula E Championship season which was won by Audi’s Lucas di Grassi.
However, plans to be on the 2018-19 schedule – originally slated for June 10 – have been axed due to the preparations required to support two other major events in the city, namely the Zürich Pride Festival and the Züri-Fascht (the Zürich Festival).
Both events occur in the weeks immediately following the ePrix and city officials have declared that it would simply warrant too much disruption for local residents.
“An additional major event would be too great a burden for the population,” an extract of their statement reads.
“The City Council has therefore decided not to grant approval for a Formula E race in Zurich in 2019.”
The Council indicated that it would approve a return to the 2019-20season calendar, however a new location within the city would have to be found.
“The quarters on the lake basin are too narrow with their short side streets, the burden on the population there is too large, especially in view of the enormous amount of material that must be fed, built and taken away again,” the statement explains.
“A working group with experts from the city administration and the organiser under the direction of the security department should examine possible venues and then submit them to the city council for a decision.
“If it is possible to find another suitable location, the city council will be in favour of a Formula E race in the city of Zürich in 2020. The city is currently in talks with the organisers.”
The announcement is a major blow for the Formula E Championship’s organisers, although they remain hopeful that an alternative venue in Switzerland can be found.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to find alternative dates that worked for both the city of Zürich and our calendar of events in 2019, but we remain in conversations for a potential return in 2020,” a Formula E statement reads.
“The Zürich E-Prix in June proved to be a huge success at both a national and international level, seeing great participation on all fronts from multiple stakeholders, including fans, sponsors and media alike.
“This has also sparked interest from other cities within the country and our promoter is leading a number of discussions to look at alternatives for this coming season.
“We’re currently evaluating the best option from a technical and commercial perspective. With Formula E bringing back motorsport to Switzerland after nearly six decades, we can only be proud of how well we’ve been received nationwide.”
The 2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship, the fifth season of the all-electric series, kicks off on 15 December in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.
|2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship Calendar|
|15 Dec 2018||Riyadh ePrix||Ad Diriyah Street Circuit, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|12 Jan 2019||Marrakesh ePrix||Circuit Moulay El Hassan, Marrakech, Morocco|
|26 Jan 2019||TBA||TBA|
|16 Feb 2019||Mexico City ePrix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico|
|10 Mar 2019||Hong Kong ePrix||Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit, Hong Kong|
|23 Mar 2019||Sanya ePrix||Sanya Street Circuit, Sanya, China|
|13 Apr 2019||Rome ePrix||Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR, Rome, Italy|
|27 Apr 2019||Paris ePrix||Les Invalides street circuit, Paris, France|
|11 May 2019||Monaco ePrix||Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Monaco|
|25 May 2019||Berlin ePrix||Tempelhof Airport Circuit, Berlin, Germany|
|09 June 2019||TBA||TBA, Switzerland|
|13-14 July 2019||New York ePrix*||Brooklyn Street Circuit, New York City, United States|
* Denotes double-header event
Image via FIA Formula E Championship
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