Formula E and WEC set to clash as race calendar approved


Formula E New York Press Conference Event. New York, New York, USA. Tuesday 20 September 2016. Photo: / FE ref: Digital Image _L5R5799

Several drivers will have to choose which championship to compete in after it was confirmed that there will be a calendar clash between Formula E and the World Endurance Championship next year.

The Formula E calendar has been approved by the World Motorsports Council, and has two rounds set to take place in New York on the 15th and 16th of July.

This is set to clash with the WEC race at the Nurburgring, despite a previous agreement between the two championships to avoid racing on the same weekend.

Last year’s Formula E champion and runner-up Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi are currently due to compete in both series, along with Sam Bird, Loic Duval, Stephane Sarrazin and Adam Carroll.

They will now have to choose which championship they will complete a full season in, something di Grassi described as a ‘horrible decision’.

Fears about the two races coinciding with each other were raised in August, with Alejandro Agag saying that he was set to meet with teams to try and resolve the situation.

However it seems as if they were unable to come to an agreement, and the only major change that was made from the provisional schedule was to switch the Montreal and New York races, meaning that the finale will now be in Canada.

Elsewhere the two unnamed rounds that were provisionally scheduled for the 22nd of April and the 24th of June have been removed, all but ending the hopes of a London ePrix taking place.

After it was announced that Battersea Park would no longer be a venue for the race it was hoped that a more central alternative could be found and slotted into one of those two dates, but it now looks as if the 2017/18 season will be the earliest opportunity for it to return to the calendar.