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VIDEO: Formula E boss's tips for an electric future

Season 3 starts this weekend in Hong Kong

By Sun Motors Published

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IT’S the cleanest show in town and the performance is guaranteed to be electric. Formula E returns for its third season this weekend and for the first time will navigate the spectacular waterfront of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

In this VIDEO INTERVIEW, race boss Alejandro Agag explains why he's caught the electric bug, gives his tips for Season 3 and talks about the big names flocking to this new city-racing sport.

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The all-electric motor racing series has already hit the streets around some of the most iconic and beautiful city locations in the world, with London, Paris, Miami, Monaco, Beijing, Buenos Aires and Long Beach among those that have hosted races, known as ePrix, during the first two seasons of competition.

Sunday’s race in Hong Kong will be the first of 12 ePrix scheduled for 2016-17, to be hosted by 10 cities worldwide and conclude with a weekend double header in Montreal next July.

fe2 Formula E: The Key Questions

 

How is it different to Formula 1?

It is effectively the green version of Formula 1. The cars look very similar to their F1 counterparts but are entirely battery driven.

 How fast can the cars go?

Last season a Formula E car was able to accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3 seconds and could reach a maximum speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).

How many drivers are there?

There are 10 teams in Formula E with two drivers per team, giving us a 20-driver line-up for 2016-17.

How many races are there?

There will be 12 races – known as ePrix – spread over 10 weekends in 10 different cities worldwide during the 10-month Formula E season.

How long does a race last?

Each ePrix lasts around 50 minutes assuming there are no major incidents on the track or interruptions by the weather.

How are points scored?

In the same way as Formula 1 in terms of number of points awarded for the top 10 positions, with two major additions. Until this year, there were two extra bonus points awarded for setting the fastest lap in a race. This has been reduced to one after Season 2’s championship was decided by the fastest lap set in the season finale in London. There’s also a further three bonus points available for achieving pole position.

Are there any pit stops?

Yes. Each driver has one pit stop mid-race where he changes into a completely new car. A minimum time is applied to each stop. Tyre changes are NOT allowed during this pit stop unless the car has had a puncture or suffered damage. For 2016-17 these pit stops have a wider window of opportunity as the cars will be allowed to carry more charge than in previous seasons.

Who is the present champion?

Sebastien Buemi beat title rival Lucas di Grassi by just two points after the final race in London to win the 2015-16 Drivers’ Championship. His points also helped Renault e.dams win the Team Championship for the second successive year.

 

  Where can I watch it?

Channel 5 has won the rights to broadcast every ePrix live over the next two seasons. There will be no studio show but viewers will hear the voices of experienced motorsport commentator Martin Haven and analyst Dario Franchitti, the three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion. Sister channel Spike will show the qualifying sessions. BT Sport will show race highlights.

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2016-17 Calendar

Oct 9, 2016 –  Hong Kong

Nov 12, 2016 – Marrakesh

Feb 18, 2017 -  Buenos Aires

Apr 1, 2017 -  Mexico City

May 13, 2017 -  Monaco

May 20, 2017 -  Paris

Jun 10, 2017 -  Berlin

Jul 1, 2017 -  Brussels

Jul 15, 2017 -  New York

Jul 16, 2017 -  New York

Jul 29, 2017 -  Montreal

Jul 30, 2017 -  Montreal

 

 

 

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