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Formula E in Italy: new circuit, two races and high expectations

April 6, 2021

Formula E is coming to Europe and returning to the heart of the Italian capital Rome: on April 10 and 11, Formula E will hold two races in the metropolis. After the opening two races in Diriyah at the end of February, Lucas di Grassi and René Rast now want to claim the first trophies for their Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team.

Anticipation for Formula E in Italy

The circuit was redesigned for Formula E’s third and fourth races in Rome. It still runs through the middle of the World’s Fair district (Esposizione Universale di Roma, or EUR for short) and along the spectacular “La Nuvola” convention center. The new version includes three additional fast turns, a technically challenging section and the traditional elevation changes of the previous version. In addition, other iconic buildings of the district such as the “Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana” now complement the backdrop of the races. The new course now has a length of 3.385 kilometers, instead of 2.860 kilometers.

Expectations for a strong showing are high. “The results so far do not reflect our true strength,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. In the opening races, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored a total of 19 points and René Rast narrowly missed the podium with fourth place on Friday. “Nevertheless, all of the Audi e-tron FE07 cars were very quick at Diriyah. With this experience, some more testing and intensive preparation, all of this together has given our team and drivers additional confidence and a spring in the step. Now we want to reward our hard work with trophies.” Rome is the perfect place for this. McNish: “Just like last time, two years ago, the appearance in Rome will be one of the season highlights.”

All of the information and international broadcasters, including broadcast times, can be found online at www.fiaformulae.com.

In addition to the factory Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team, the customer team Envision Virgin Racing will also be competing for points with the e-tron FE07, developed by Audi. This season, Nick Cassidy and Robin Frijns are be racing for the British squad which, like Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, has been a member of the Formula E family since the first race in 2014.

Video: Lucas di Grassi talks about the new circuit layout in Rome