FIA WECFormula E

Sebring Clash Remains in Ratified Formula E Calendar

1 Mins read
Formation Lap at the 2019 1,000 Miles of Sebring, WEC
AF CORSE / ITA / Ferrari 488 GTE EVO -1000 Miles of Sebring - Sebring international Raceway - Sebring - Florida - United States of America -

After the FIA ratified the 2019/20 FIA Formula E calendar, it has been confirmed that one clash remains with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The 1,000 Miles of Sebring, which falls on the 20th March next year, was the one clash date with Formula E’s season six that WEC could not move as it shares the weekend with the 12 Hours of Sebring (part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship). When the initial Formula E calendar was announced with its three clashes, WEC openly tried to make the situation easier for the electric series, moving the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps back a week to avoid the clash with the new Seoul E-Prix, that Formula E claimed they could not move. This left it up to Formula E to clear the other two clashes.

In the recent ratified Formula E calendar for season six, the 8 Hours of Bahrain clash has been removed, with Formula E opting for only one race in the 2019 part of the championship. However, the Sebring clash remains. Time difference between Seoul and Sebring will make it impossible for competitors to take part in both Formula E and WEC.

This means that, along with the provisional FIA Formula 1 2020 calendar, there is a four-way clash on the weekend of the 21st March. With the increasing number of Formula E and Formula 1 races, this is a reality that will come to fruition and begin restricting drivers in cross-competing in multiple series.

For WEC competitors, this clash will effect Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Nyck de Vries, Antonio Felix da Costa, and James Calado. Hartley and Calado will most likely skip the Formula E round, with Toyota Gazoo Racing confirming earlier this year that Hartley’s priorities are to them, whilst it is more certain that de Vries and da Costa will miss the Sebring round and be in Seoul.

Buemi has always been a grey area, with Toyota giving him free rein to decide which series he will prioritise. If he does choose to race in Formula E that weekend, Toyota’s reserve driver Thomas Laurent will be drafted in. Buemi will probably make his decision pending on his championship position in both series.

Related posts
24 Hours of Le MansFeaturesFIA WEC

2020 24 Hours of Le Mans: Toyota Take Triple Victory as Aston Martin do the Double

3 Mins read
The final six hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans offered up chaotic racing, with the class leaders decided in the final stages of the race.
24 Hours of Le MansFIA WEC

2020 24 Hours of Le Mans: Disaster for Toyota Through the Night

2 Mins read
In what was looking to be Mike Conway’s first Le Mans victory, disaster struck the Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 through the night at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
FIA WEC

Peugeot Commits to Hypercar Concept for 2022 WEC/Le Mans Return

3 Mins read
Peugeot Sport has confirmed it will return to top level endurance racing in 2022 with its 508 Hypercar.

Leave a Reply