Rome to host 2014 'green' grand prix

The series is being backed by McLaren which is supplying cars powered exclusively by electric energy
Formula One Pirelli test driver Lucas Di Grassi drives the Formula E car electric prototype, the Formulec, in front of Rome's ancient Colisseum on December 1. The streets of Rome will be the backdrop for a race in the new Formula E world championship in 2014.

The streets of Rome will be the backdrop for a race in the new Formula E world championship in 2014, it was announced on Saturday.

The series is being backed by McLaren which is supplying cars powered exclusively by .

The Formula E championship has the full support of motor racing's governing body the FIA.

FIA president Jean Todt said: "It gives me great pleasure to be in for this exciting announcement that the eternal city has expressed its firm interest to host a race in the Formula E 2014 championship calendar.

"The contrast between this innovative motorsport series and the rich ancient history of Rome is one I am sure the public and the media will be intrigued and enriched by."

Rome is the second city in the world to welcome the FIA Formula E Championship following Rio di Janeiro's announcement in August this year.

In total, the 2014 inaugural Championship will feature 10 urban races.


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