Event guide: Welcome to the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix

Your full event guide and all you need to know about the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix

From the heady days of the 2017/18 Championship finale in New York City, where DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne clinched his first Formula E championship title to now – the opening of the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix, taking place on December 15. Welcome to the 2018/19 season opener of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship – the dawn of a new era of the closest, most intense racing series on the planet. 

With new cars, new drivers, new city circuits and rules, the fifth season of Formula E is an entirely different beast. Here’s just a taster of what to expect. 

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Old meets new. Racing in the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah, all 22 Gen2 cars and drivers will take to the 2.495km track to battle for the first victory of the season.

With 21 twists and turns, the drivers will skirt the historic town walls before heading back towards the start/finish line in the heart of the district. Who will emerge victorious?


EVENT GUIDE: Saturday, December 15

Here’s all you need to know and what not to miss at the inaugural 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix. All times are stated in local time. Plan your own race day at the track with the official Formula E App - click here to download it. 

07:00 - Free Practice 1, Track

For those keen on getting in on every minute of racing action, the first free practice session of the day starts at 07:00. This is the first time the drivers will have the chance to drive the track under timed conditions, giving us an insight into how they'll perform during the race. Despite the timings, they don't count towards the race result - it's just a free practice session. Here, the drivers can make use of the full 250kW of the car's power.

Watch Practice 1 live

07:55 - Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Qualifying 

Watch Formula E’s official support series, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy take to the track for the first time as all 11 cars and drivers attempt to clock the fastest time in Qualifying in a bid to clinch Pole Position ahead of the race. 

09:05 - Free Practice 2, Track

Yes, you guessed it - this session is exactly the same format as before only this is the second time the drivers will drive the track under timed conditions. This session is another chance for them to test the set-up of the car and make sure it's perfect for the race. Again, despite the timer running, this session doesn't count towards the race and drivers can make use of all 250kWs. Tune in here. 

Watch Practice 2 live.

10:00 - Allianz E-Village opens

The gates to the Allianz E-Village - Formula E’s fan festival at the heart of the E-Prix - open at 10:00. With activities for all ages, including the drivers' autograph session, food stalls, interactive displays and the chance to drive the track on our simulators in the Gaming Arena. Here, the three fastest fans will go through to the E-Race where they'll have the chance to race directly against the three fastest Formula E drivers. Think you can beat the pros? Now's your chance to prove it. Click here to learn more about the Allianz E-Village.

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10:50 - Qualifying, Track

Qualifying determines the starting grid for the race, with the fastest driver lining-up in first place. The session lasts one hour and sees drivers divided into groups, decided by a lottery conducted in advance. Each driver has six minutes to set their best time, with the top-five drivers proceeding to the Super Pole shoot-out (see below). Tune in to Qualifying here

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11:35 - Super Pole, Track

During the Super Pole shoot-out, the top six drivers from Qualifying go out one-by-one, with the slowest driver of the five going out first. As soon as they cross the line to start their flying lap, the pitlane light turns green and the fifth fastest driver heads out. This is repeated until all five drivers have completed a lap. The fastest driver out of the six will be awarded the Julius Baer Pole Position and an additional three points. It's all worth fighting for.

12:05 - EMOTION Club, Pit Walk

For all EMOTION Club ticket holders, here's your chance to see behind the scenes in the team garages and paddock on the pit walk.  

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12:50 – Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Race

Watch as all 11 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy drivers take to the XXkm track to clinch the win. The race lasts for 25minutes, after which the drivers have one extra lap to complete before the finish line. Join us to see who wins. Learn more about the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy.

13:10 - Drivers' Autograph Session, Allianz E-Village

Stick around after the E-Race to meet with the drivers at the Autograph session. Signing everything from caps, t-shirts and all your Formula E memorabilia. 

13:35 - EMOTION Club, Pit Walk

For all EMOTION Club ticket holders, here's another chance to see behind the scenes in the team garages and paddock on the pit walk.  

13:40 - E-Race Final

Not all the racing in Formula E takes place on the track. At every round of the championship is the E-Race - a virtual race taking place in the Gaming Zone of the Allianz E-Village, where drivers battle against the fans on simulators that replicate all the on-track action. With the three fastest fans going head-to-head against the three fastest drivers, the E-Race is the place to take on pros. Think you can do it? Learn more about the E-Race. 

fans driving in the Gaminz Zone of the Allianz E-Village in the E-Race

15:00 - SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix, Track

No more testing, no more practice - this is it - when the lights go green, it's just 45minutes plus one final lap to the finish line of pure electric racing. 22 cars and drivers but just one winner. 
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Don't miss a moment - tune in to catch all the action. 

16:00 - SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix Podium Ceremony, Podium

That's it, the cars have crossed the line and the top three drivers will take to the podium but only one can take the title - who will it be? Join in the celebration in the Allianz E-Village. 

17:00 - Concert opens, Allianz E-Village 

See the world’s favourite DJ David Guetta and US smash act OneRepublic perform live for a night of world-class entertainment. 

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  • 20:00 - Live: One Republic, Allianz E-Village
  • 21:30 - live: David Guetta 

23:00 - Allianz E-Village and 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix closes

That's it for the season opener in Saudi Arabia but the Championship is only just getting started as the series moves to Marrakesh on January 12.