The proposed track layout for the Ad Diriyah ePrix, the season-opening round of the 2018-19 Formula E Championship season which takes place in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, has been unveiled.
The clockwise layout, which is still to be homologated by the FIA, is 2.847 kilometres long and features 21 corners. The track design is quite atypical of the usual street circuit fare raced on by the all-electric championship, with a mix of long flowing corners and high speed turns.
Ex-F1 driver Felipe Massa, who will make his competitive Formula E Championship debut with the Venturi team, took part in a demonstration run around Riyadh’s landmarks on Tuesday in a new Gen2-spec Formula E racing car.
Formula E Championship organisers also confirmed that Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) will be the event’s naming rights sponsor as well as the official airline partner of the series for the 2018-19 season.
“It’s fantastic news that SAUDIA is joining the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as official airline partner – ahead of the first race in Saudi Arabia and the debut of fully-electric racing in the Middle East,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
“The partnership continues to show the appeal of Formula E on a global scale and I’m proud to welcome SAUDIA to the Formula E family as the excitement continues to build for the opening round of season five on December 15.
“When you consider Saudi Arabia is opening-up to international sports fans for the first time – and we have a new partner who can connect those fans to our series – it really is a strong addition to the championship.”
The season-opening Ad Diriyah ePrix takes place on December 15.
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