The Formula E championship has announced its provisional calendar for the 2015/16 season. The season will start and finish in the same location with up to two new locations being added to the line up. The season starts on 17 October 2015.
The biggest news of the calendar is the introduction of a Paris ePrix. France has had close ties to the championship with the defending constructors champions E.Dams and their Renault partners both descending from the nation, as well as a number of drivers and affiliates.
The circuit layout is yet to be announced for the ePrix that will take place on the 23 April 2016, becoming the seventh round of the ten weekend calendar.
The new timetable also has a return of the London ePrix double header, however no date has yet been announced with the previous Moscow ePrix happening on 4 June 2016.
As last year, the season will start up in China for the Beijing ePrix which looks set to be maintained as the longest circuit on the calendar. A race which as won dramatically by Lucas di Grassi last year after a large crash in the final corner involving Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld.
Formula E CEO, Alejandro Agag expressed his interest to have the To Be Announced race in the Americas. Currently the Miami ePrix race from last year is not included, but the option for its return is open. Agag commented, saying;
“We have chosen to keep the number of races the same, with the aim of planting even more solid roots in the cities which trusted in us right from the start. We have added one of the world’s most important capitals and an amazing city, Paris, which will be one of the highlights of the season.”
“As for the location of the fifth round, the one on 19th March, we are working to maintain the same geographic allocation of races: the aim is to have a fourth ePrix on the American continent”
As for the Monaco ePrix, the race does not look likely to return because of the difficulty of the Monte Carlo streets and the introduction of a local French race.