Event Guide: Welcome to the 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix

After the ABB FIA Formula E Championship kicked things off with the inaugural race in Beijing back in 2014, we’re back in China for the showdown in Sanya. Sun, sea, sand and a healthy dose of unpredictable, wheel-to-wheel racing await as we count down the hours until the 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix kicks off on Saturday March 22. Ahead of all the action, here’s what to expect on race day.

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Tune in to all the action from the 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix


All times are local to Sanya

08:00 – Gates and Allianz E-Village open

The gates to the Allianz E-Village - Formula E’s fan festival at the heart of the E-Prix - open at 08:00. Home to the drivers' autograph session, food stalls, interactive displays, activities for families and fans of all ages, and the chance to drive the track on our simulators in the Gaming Arena. 

Hong Kong Allianz E-Village

08:25 Jaguar I-Pace E-Trophy Qualifying, Track

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

09:35 Formula E Practice 2, Track

This is the second 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.

10:15 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Autograph Session, Jaguar Paddock

Here’s your chance to meet the drivers in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy. Don’t forget to bring along your merchandise for them to sign. 

11:00 Traditional Hainan dance, Podium 

Head over to the Podium to see a live performance of a traditional Hainan dance. 

11:20 Formula E Qualifying & Super Pole, 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).

13:00 Jaguar I-Pace E-Trophy Race (25' + 1 lap), Track

Watch as all the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy drivers take to the 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.

Jaguar i-Pace electric cars race in the Jaguar eTrophy support series to Formula E

13:00 - Drivers' Autograph Session, Gaming Arena 

Head over to the Allianz E-Village to meet with the drivers at the Autograph session. From selfies to signing caps, t-shirts and all your Formula E memorabilia.

Hong Kong Allianz E-Village

13:30 E-Race Final, Gaming Arena 

Here’s your chance to prove yourself against the drivers as the top three fastest fans take on the real Formula E drivers on simulators in the E-Village. 

14:00 - Lunch, Taste Zone, Allianz E-Village 

Head on over to the Taste Zone in the Allianz E-Village and take your pick from a range of authentic street food stalls. 

15:00 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix  (45' + 1 lap), 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 - but who will it be?

16:00 Formula E Podium ceremony, Podium

That's it, the cars have crossed the line and the top three drivers will take to the podium. Join in the celebrations.

16:30 Performance - EJ pre-podium show – Podium

Here is your chance to experience a live performance from our Formula EJ on the podium.

18:00 E-Village Closes

That's it for the 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix. Next, Formula E heads to Rome, Italy for the start of the voestalpine European Race Series. Join us!