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FIA Formula E chief Agag wants Russian driver racing at next championship

June 04, 2015, 17:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The list of the pilots of the new racing event includes Jerome D'Ambrosio, Jarno Trulli, Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Bruno Senna, Nelson Piquet, Jean-Eric Vergne and many others
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MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. FIA new international racing championship Formula E needs Russian racers and not only for the Moscow ePrix, but for the whole season, Alejandro Agag, the chief executive of Formula E racing, told journalists on Thursday.

Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world's first fully-electric racing series. The very first out of the total of 10 races of the inaugural 2014/2015 season was held on September 13, 2014 in China’s Beijing and the Moscow ePrix has been scheduled to kick off on June 6, three weeks ahead of the season’s closing race in London on June 27.

"We have been in conversation with several Russian drivers," Agag told a news conference when asked whether there was a possibility for Russian drivers to join the new championship.

"Definitely one of my priorities for the next year is to have a Russian driver not only for the Moscow race but for the whole season," Agag said. "Because if you have a driver only for one race he does not know what is going on, he is not really up to speed with the car, or how to drive it and then he is last and he is not very good."

"We know there are very good drivers that could be really fighting for the top of the Formula E championship so we hope we can have them for the next year," the chief of Formula E added.

A total of 10 teams are currently participating in the Formula E championship with two drivers racing for each team. The list of the pilots of the new racing event includes the names of such developed racers as Jerome D'Ambrosio, Jarno Trulli, Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Bruno Senna, Nelson Piquet, Jean-Eric Vergne and many others.

The inaugural Formula E season already saw eight spectacular races, namely in China’s Beijing, Malaysia’s Putrajaya, Uruguay’s Punta del Este, Argentina’s Buenos Aires, the Unites States’ Miami and Long Beach, as well as in Monaco and in Germany’s Berlin. The remaining races are scheduled to be held in Moscow (June 6) and London (June 27).

The Formula E race in Moscow will be also the first ever FIA authorized car race in the historic downtown of the Russian capital.

Popularity of auto racing in Russia skyrocketed last year as the country held its inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Over 166,000 people, including at least 500 high-ranking guests from Russia and abroad, visited Sochi between October 10 and 12 for Russia’s first ever Formula One Grand Prix.

Live television coverage of the race in Sochi, which was provided by Russia’s Rossiya-2 channel, watched 3.4 million people across Russia and it was three times as many comparing with the figure of Russian viewers watching on the average other F1 Grand Prix races.

Earlier in the year Sochi Autodrom, the organizer of the racing event, was awarded the trophy of the Formula One’s best racing track in the 2014 season. The decision to award Sochi the 2014 Race Promoters' Trophy was made at the annual FIA Gala ceremony on December 5, 2014 in Doha, Qatar, and the trophy was officially awarded to Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone on December 19.

The Race Promoters' Trophy is a rotating award and engraved on it are the names of other F1 best racing tracks starting from 1975. The trophy will remain in Sochi throughout 2015 until the new best racing track will be announced at the end of the next season.

Last October, FIA also issued a license for the Moscow Raceway circuit, a racing track outside the Russian capital, officially confirming the track as suitable for hosting Formula One races.

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