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Formula E drivers say "Wow!" about racing track in Moscow — FIA official

June 05, 2015, 18:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"It is not only about the location," he said. "Also the layout of the track is quite good for racing," FIA official said
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MOSCOW, June 5. /TASS/. The location and the layout of the racing track, constructed in a short period of time for one of the races of the inaugural FIA Formula E World Championship, is fantastic and the drivers are very impressed with it, Alejandro Agag, the chief executive of Formula E racing, said on Friday.

Asked by a TASS correspondent whether there were some deficiencies in the track comparing with the other venues of the championship or if there were any complaints from the racers about it, Agag said there were none and the work of the Russian side was very impressive.

"The reaction of the drivers… is basically ‘Wow!’ They are totally impressed by the track," he told a news conference on Friday, one day ahead of the Moscow ePrix.

"It is not only about the location," he said. "Also the layout of the track is quite good for racing. Normally we have problems in cities with corners of 90 degrees. Here we managed to have soft corners, which are fast corners…, which may make the race very exciting. There is up and down in track so I think the track is fantastic for racing and the drivers are very impressed."

The FIA official admitted that it "was very challenging to set up the racing track around the Kremlin."

"When we decided to do this race in Moscow only four months ago we knew it was going to be very challenging," he said. "The main challenge was the time and we needed to manufacture the concrete blocks and the fences that make the track. I must say that the efficiency of the Russian team has been absolutely impressive."

"Of course there were challenges that we encounter in the heart of Moscow and the traffic is a big challenge," Agag said. "Yesterday I was walking around the track and the traffic was totally open and there were no traffic jams in the middle of the day with walls and fences."

The inaugural Formula E season already saw eight spectacular races in different corners of the world and the weather favored all of the previous races with nice and sunny conditions. The two remaining races of the championship are scheduled to be held in Moscow on June 6 and London on June 27 with both capitals of Russia and Great Britain, respectively, known for naughty weather and rains.

All cars racing in the FIA Formula E championship are identical, therefore the drivers are in equal positions. The car weighs little less than 900 kilograms with the battery being the heaviest part of the vehicle weighing 320 kilograms. With the maximum power of 200 kW (270 hp) the car is capable of reaching the speed of 100 kmph in three seconds and its maximum speed is limited to 225 kmph.

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 include 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.

During the races drivers must make one mandatory pit stop in order to change cars, therefore the total number of electricity-driven race cars shipped between the global venues of the championship throughout the season stand at 40.

Just like for the rest of the hosting cities all 40 electric racing cars and related equipment for the spectacular world’s first fully-electric racing series were delivered to the Russian capital by DHL, world’s leading logistics provider.

DHL is a founding partner of Formula E and provides logistic support of the series across continents. For this purpose, the company has developed carbon-efficient logistics solutions in delivering cars and equipment to race locations. The company also successfully solved the task of transporting large lithium-ion batteries: each of those weights 320 kilograms, requires special handling, is highly sensitive and heavily regulated by aviation authorities.

Eight races held so far within the frames of the inaugural Formula E season took place 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 Formula E race in Moscow will also be 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.

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