Rome, the Eternal City, will play host to a Formula E race a couple of years down the road. Just yesterday, at Campidoglio, the Mayor of Rome, Mr Gianni Alemanno, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), alongside Mr Jean Todt, Formula E Holdings CEO and Mr Alejandro Agag and Chairman of the Italian Automobile Club (ACI) Mr Angelo Sticchi Damiani, made an announcement that Rome will be the first city in Europe to host the FIA Formula E Championship in 2014.
Formula E Holdings have already agreed with the FIA to promote the new Formula E Championship, that boasts of Formula E cars which are powered by electric energy – and electric energy alone. Jean Todt, FIA President, mentioned, “It gives me great pleasure to be in Rome for this exciting announcement that the eternal city has expressed its firm interest to host a race in the Formula E 2014 championship calendar. The contrast between this innovative motorsport series and the rich ancient history of Rome is one I am sure the public and the media will be intrigued and enriched by.”
Will there be drivers from Formula 1 making the switch to Formula E? I am quite sure that the physics of things will be very, very different, and it would be interesting to see those who make the jump adjust themselves accordingly.