11 Mar 16

World first for Formula E as drivers go head-to-head in sim race

The FIA Formula E Championship’s reputation for being the most innovative series in motorsport will be further enhanced on Saturday when nine of its star drivers take part in a simulator race.

Held within the eVillage at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the eRace will pit Daniel Abt, Sebastien Buemi, Mike Conway, Salvador Duran, Loic Duval, Robin Frijns, Nick Heidfeld, Oliver Turvey and Jean-Eric Vergne against each other on a virtual version of the venue for the fifth round of the 2015/2016 season.

There will be two six minute races, with the reverse of the championship standings to decide the starting order for the first race, and a reverse of the finishing order deciding the grid for the second race.

One lucky fan will also get the opportunity to go wheel-to-wheel against some of the world’s best racing drivers, and will start the first race from pole position.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said: “This is the first time in history that so many drivers from one championship have been put together in a simulated race. This once again shows how committed Formula E is to finding new ways to increase fan access by giving them even more ways to watch their heroes in action - and for one lucky person to actually be a part of the event! We know what the competitive order is on track, but it will be fascinating to see how this translates to the world of sim racing.”

The first race gets underway at 13:45 local time and will be streamed live on the official Formula E YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9750ZPF0Y6Y