Formula E race heads to Paris
As countless tourists and world travelers have discovered, the alluring charms of Paris call for repeated visits. That attraction applies equally to auto racing, where for the third time the fully electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship series will visit in the French capital.
As in the past two years, the Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix, on April 28, will be contested on the Circuit des Invalides, a tight 1.9-kilometer (1.2 mile) racecourse on city streets that loops around the historic Les Invalides complex. The Paris race sends drivers through 14 challenging turns, passing landmarks that include the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French national military museum and the Hôtel des Invalides, built by Louis XIV in the 1670s as a retirement home for war veterans.
Such a historical setting is appropriate. French innovation and technology are deeply entwined with the history of motorsport, from the earliest days of grand prix competition to the current sourcing of the chassis used by all Formula E teams from Spark, which is headquartered about 30 kms south of Paris.
As the Formula E teams head to Paris, the points leader is Jean-Eric Vergne of the Techeetah team, who has two wins this season. With four races remaining on the 12-race calendar, Sam Bird of the DS Virgin team has closed the points gap based on his win in Rome. But Felix Rosenqvist of Mahindra also remains in striking distance for the overall championship.
After the Paris race, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship resumes three weeks later, on May 19, in Berlin. The series then travels to Zurich for a June contest – the first time in Switzerland for the world’s premier sustainable motorsport competition. The season ends with a double race in New York in July.
Circuit Des Invalides
Track guide - 2018 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix
Track length – 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles)
Number of turns – 14
Past winners – Sébastien Buemi (2017), Lucas di Grassi (2016)
Qualifying record – 1:02.171 - Sebastien Buemi
Lap record – 1:01.359 - Lucas di Grassi
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