The EUR circuit, in the financial district of Rome, has been substantially reworked as part of plans to improve the area with Formula E’s event evolving around and as part of that.
Having not raced in Rome last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Formula E is set to return to the city this April. The Rome E-Prix will be the first of a set of European races on the calendar and will run in the same district as previously but with a revised layout.
The circuit length is extended more than half a kilometre (going from 2.860km to 3.385km) and gains some entirely new corners. The high-speed sections and elevation that made the previous layout popular remain and with one of Formula E’s longer laps, the challenge to energy-balance a timed race down to the final lap will be as difficult as anywhere.
Formula E is understood to have invested in the new design to reflect its long term commitment to Rome as a venue and the improvements to the area being made by the city itself.
Lucas di Grassi, one of three driver representatives on circuit design alongside former Formula E driver Jerome d’Ambrosio and Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland, called the track reworking essentially a new circuit.
“With the almost completely new design for Rome, both the FIA and Formula E once again did an amazing job to make Formula E even more exciting, di Grassi said. “The new layout is fantastic. It has longer and faster straights and provides more overtaking possibilities.”
Rome is already one of the most popular circuits on Formula E’s calendar, with the series having raced there in Season 4 and Season 5. Sam Bird won the inaugural E-Prix in 2018 after an energy miscalculation saw Mitch Evans out of contention, with the Jaguar driver getting revenge the following year with an emphatic win. Now the two are team mates, so 2021’s race could be anyone’s…