The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to continue staging a race in Rome for a further five seasons after the Rome City Council agreed to host en E-Prix in the Italian capital.
The new agreement which will see Formula E visit Rome unti at least 2025 has been signed by the Rome City Council, and it is subject to approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Rome has staged two electric races so far with making its debut in 2018. Sam Bird became the first driver to win on the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR in front of Lucas di Grassi and André Lotterer. Last year, Mitch Evans clinched the victory driving for Jaguar. The unique track presents the second longest lap of the season, behind the Marrakesh ePrix.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman of Formula E labelled the contract extension as „an important achievement”, stating that the fruitful partnership with the Italian capital shows how successfully the series has adopted clean mobility solutions and electrification in major cities around the world.
"We thank the Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi and the whole administration for being able to make it happen. Italy is a strategic market for us, and we are determined to keep working with the country to grant a further growth of the championship, in terms of popularity and competitiveness.
“We have involved some of the biggest players in the industry to work together towards a gradual change in how electric mobility is perceived. This process will have major global consequences,” he said.
New team on the horizon?
Although the 2019/2020 Formula E has been put on hold since the Marrakesh E-Prix, the series did not stop to pulsate in the background. It has emerged that the the eighth season of the fully electric racing series can see a new team arrive at the scene.
Gianfranco Pizzuto who was involved in the Fisker Karma road car project announced his plan to set up a team and enter the 2022 Formula E season. The Italian said that a journalist „provoked” him with the idea of forming a Formula E team which made him ponder on creating an own outfit.
"I had to think about it for a couple of days before I've contacted another 'crazy electric' guy, Mark Lander of IMECAR Elektronik [battery pack developer based in Turkey] and told him about,” he said on LinkedIn.