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MOSCOW, June 7. /TASS, Yevgeny Ionov/. Providing the space for the racing track in the downtown of the historical center of the Russian capital for one of the inaugural Formula E series was "absolutely amazing," FIA President Jean Todt told TASS.
Moscow authorities and the Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag entered an agreement to host one of the races of the environmentally-friendly racing series in the heart of the Russian capital little over than four months ago. The first-ever FIA event was very challenging, according to organizers.
"Moscow is the 9th city of the championship, but of course, Moscow is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to be able to host one of the races," Todt said in an exclusive interview with TASS speaking on the sidelines of the Moscow ePrix on Saturday afternoon. "To host [the race] in the heart of the city is absolutely amazing."
The FIA president expressed his gratitude to Russia’s organizers of the first-ever racing event in the scenic part of the Russian capital saying that "It was the team work and people really well believed to make it happening."
"I wanted this championship to happen and I am very proud of it," Todt added.
Before Saturday’s race in Moscow 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 tree remaining races of the championship were scheduled to be held in Moscow on June 6 and London on June 27 and 28 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 stands at 40.
The Formula E race in Moscow was the first ever to be FIA authorized car race in the historic downtown of the Russian capital.