Motorsport returns to Switzerland after six decades


Motorsport returns to Switzerland after six decades

Motorsport racing will return to Switzerland in 2018 after six decades of absence, as Zurich will host one of the next season's rounds of the Formula E championship for electric single-seaters.

The FIA ​​World Automobile Sports Council approved the 2018 Formula E calendar, including the Zurich E-Prix, scheduled for June 10,

Switzerland banned motorsport after the 1955 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which driver Pierre Levegh and 82 spectators were killed, in what is considered the greatest motorsports tragedy in its history.

The Swiss country relaxed that ban in 2015 to allow racing with electrically powered vehicles.

Thus, the 2018 Formula E event will be the first race on Swiss territory since the 1954 Swiss Grand Prix in Bremgarten, in which the Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio won.

"Reintroducing this discipline in a country where it has been absent since it was banned in 1955 is an exciting prospect and the achievement of an important goal for the International Automobile Federation," said French FIA head Jean Todt.

"I would like to congratulate all those who have participated in the realization of this sport, as it is important that we continue to bring motorsport to new audiences around the world," he added.

The calendar of the next campaign of the electric category will have other new destinations, such as Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo and Rome.

CALENDAR 2017/2018

2-3 December 2017: Hong Kong
January 13, 2018: Marrakesh
February 3, 2018: Santiago de Chile
March 3, 2018: Mexico City
March 17, 2018: Sao Paulo
April 14, 2018: Rome
April 28, 2018: Paris
May 19, 2018: Berlin
June 10, 2018: Zurich
July 14-15, 2018: New York
July 28-29, 2018: Montreal.

 

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