Race 11 - Jun 22, 2019
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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set for its debut in Bern.
After ten thrilling races, the world’s premier fully electric global street-racing championship is ready to make its debut in the historic Swiss capital, Bern. Best known for its picturesque old town and beautiful buildings and parks, Bern is the latest addition to a championship noted for embracing new city-center venues. Races in South Korean capital, Seoul and the UK’s London, will further augment the calendar for Season 6, but for now, Bern is the new kid on the electric street-racing block.
A potentially fascinating circuit layout that features both steep descents and inclines, should set the Bern race apart. But that will also make energy management a key to success for all teams if they are not to run out of power on the battery-sapping climbs. The Bern race will witness 22 drivers and 11 teams competing for victory over 2.66 km through historic city landmarks. The drivers will face 14 turns, with a chicane at Turns 3, 4 and 5 and a hairpin bend at Turn 7. As no driver has raced here before, pre-race simulator time will be even more important than usual.
The Gen2 racecars, which represent the pinnacle of e-mobility technology, will speed across the enchanting old city center of Bern, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the idyllic Rosengarten park. The cars will also race past the famous Bärengraben, where a number of bears roam, with views of the river Aare.
ABB Formula E made its Swiss debut last year, with a race in Zürich – home to ABB HQ. Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi, who won the Mexican E-Prix earlier this season, won in Zürich last year, but it will be home-country racer and Nissan e.dams driver Sébastien Buemi who will surely be hungriest for victory at the all-new track.
This year’s Swiss E-Prix will be the final round of the European leg of the championship’s world tour. After Bern, only the double-header season finale races in New York City, in July, remain.
Good to know
In Bern in 1905, Albert Einstein invented his theory of relativity and the famous E=MC2 formula.
Number of turns
Steep descents and inclines.