The organisers of the FIA sanctioned Formula E Championship have today revealed the location and the circuit layout of the opening round in China. The track, situated in the countries capital Beijing, will be set around the grounds of the iconic Olympic Stadium used to host the 2008 Olympic Games, known as the “Bird’s Nest.” The anticlockwise track has been designed by Rodrigo Nunes, and is 3.44km in length featuring 20 turns.
Formula E says fans “will see the 20 Formula E drivers tackle a mix of tight left-hand turns – offering late braking and overtaking opportunities – together with twisty chicanes and two main straights.” In addition to this, the track also features a “U-Shaped” pit lane with spectator areas located inside, allowing fans to really get close up to the pitstops. CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag said “getting to this stage has taken an enormous effort from everyone involved and I’d like to personally thank them for helping us turn the FIA’s vision into a reality. The track looks fantastic and we’re looking forward to going racing come September.”
Lucas di Grassi also offered some insight into how the drivers will have to drive the circuit. “It will be a tremendous challenge to learn the limits of this track quickly, as well as to understand the best overtaking opportunities. The most obvious places are likely to be the first and last corners. The circuit will also require lots of traction and braking stability, while the energy recuperation at braking zones will help to stabilise the car. The pit lane is also unique and requires some special practice to get right.”
The Beijing circuit is the first of what will be ten rounds spanning across the globe, starting from China in September this year, to stateside in Los Angeles, before heading to the glamorous Monaco circuit in May 2015, then concluding in London in June 2015. Formula E says a race weekend will be held on one day in order to minimise disruption, as most of the tracks are in cites. Practice will kick off the day, followed by qualifying then a 60-minute race taking place on the Saturday, finishing off with a live concert. Tickets to go to a race will be available via the official Formula E website, and via the forthcoming Beijing Formula E race website.