Formula E has headed to an amazing number of cities and we knew when the calendar was announced last July, that we would have another new race. However, it was not until this morning, a mere three months before the event, that we finally got a glimpse at the new track.
The track actually looks very nice as it winds it’s way around Les Invalides. It is 1.93km in length,however, it remains subject to FIA track homologation.
Boulevard des Invalides is the front straight and will be where the cars will start from. Turn 1 is a 90 degree right hander with little room for error. Then the cars will go left round Place Vauban before an elongated chicane when it rejoins Avenue de Tournville.
Then another 90 degree right hander heading back up Boulevard de Tour-Maubourg, before a kink to the right up Avenue de la Motte-Picquet (the irony if Nelson crashes there in real life). Then a small left right chicane going onto Place des Invalides and left round a arch at the top passing both the pit entry and exit.
I’m going to stop there to pause for a bit. The pit entry and exit might be one of the craziest I have ever seen. To get into pit lane, you go left round the right handed arch section, down a very long (and by my calculations) very narrow road to double back on yourself to pull change cars, before you leave pit lane literally a couple of meters from when you pitted in. The was probably explained very poorly but you get my jist.
Continuing on with the track you then go left to rejoin the straight part of Place des Invalides before kinking right twice back onto Boulevard des Invalides to complete the lap. Hopefully that makes sense.
Formula E CEO, Alejandro Agag, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Patrick Kanner, Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sports, and Jean Todt, President of the FIA spoke at the event staged in Paris this morning.
Agag said: “As a series we are fortunate enough to race in some incredible locations but none more spectacular than the backdrop in the city of Paris. The ethos of Formula E is urban racing in the heart of cities around the world – Paris certainly ticks all those boxes. France is also a key market for the championship as the home of the FIA, Official Founding Partner and Tyre Supplier Michelin, and team partners such as DS and Renault. The Paris ePrix will be an iconic setting for Formula E with DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner, delivering the first fully-electric race to the French capital.”
Anne Hidalgo said: “Paris is very proud to welcome the first ePrix to France. This event will be treated like a popular party, which will link sporting values and the environment. It will be a very nice way to promote electric mobility to a massive audience which is a priority for Paris.”
Kanner said: “The Paris ePrix is a chance, not only for Paris but also for France. On the environmental side, sporting side but also for the projection of our country abroad. We will see on April 23 a great event, where the Parisian heritage, the French know-how and our capacity to organise big sports events again be valued.”
Todt said: “The FIA is particularly pleased that there will be a Formula E race run through the streets of the centre of Paris, the city that has been our home for over a century. This series is heavily linked to the development of new technologies and to promoting a new model for sustainable mobility. It is entirely logical therefore, that a country like France, that has always been at the cutting-edge of innovation, should host an ePrix in its capital city. I am sure that the spectacle offered by Formula E on a track laid out against the amazing backdrop of Les Invalides, will make this event truly unique among motorsport events at a world level.”
The Paris ePrix takes place on the 23rd April and tickets will start at €25 according to fiaformulae.com