The Rome E-Prix, set for April 10, will showcase the Roman District’s spectacular, historic surrounds, with Formula E’s field of all-electric single-seaters
piloted by 24 world class drivers to race front of the Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazzale Marconi and, starting from this year, the iconic Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as the “Square Coliseum“. The entire Ninfeo Park will also form a part of the circuit’s perimeter. Close collaboration with local authorities has delivered a layout – subject to FIA homologation – that retains the round’s character and strengthens Formula E’s legacy in the area.
“As always, we’ve created a real challenge – and in my opinion, one of the greatest layouts we’ve made yet,” said Formula E Sporting Director Frederic Espinos. “The first and most important thing was to create a track that caused minimal disruption for the city, so we have had a re-think of the area we’re using. We’ve managed to keep the character of Rome in this new layout, with its undulations, lots of elevation changes, surface changes and the on-track excitement we’ve always seen when visiting the city. Rome is quite unique for a street circuit on our calendar as it’s one of a handful with fast, sweeping corners and varying radiuses because of the roads that we have to work with. It’s a circuit that drivers will be able to make a real difference as a result. We’ve shown the plans to the drivers on our committee (Lucas di Grassi, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Oliver Rowland) and they were super excited because it’s a fast layout – very fast – and it’s definitely challenging.”
“With an almost completely renovated circuit design in Rome, both FIA and Formula E have once again done an amazing job in making Formula E even more exciting,” said 2017 Formula E Champion, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi. “The new layout is fantastic: it has longer and faster straights and offers more opportunities for overtaking. I’m sure the fans will love it; I can’t wait to race there.”
Any change in circuit layout gives Formula E’s Sporting team the opportunity to make life more difficult for its 12 top-tier teams, whose engineers pride themselves on generating banks of data to maximise their cars’ speed and efficiency over the course of every E-Prix. Espinos says the combination of drivers and engineers having to adjust, and the circuit’s characteristics and overtaking opportunities, will generate a real spectacle for fans.
A focus on further integrating Formula E, its fans and local businesses, and minimising disruption with the track’s new section on Via Cristoforo Colombo, ensures impact on the city’s traffic is significantly decreased, whilst building upon the event’s estimated benefit to the local economy of more than €60 million as of the 2019 Rome E-Prix. The layout opens up the use of Rome’s La Nuvola Convention Centre, brings businesses in the area into the fold and creates space for more spectators at future events. Restoration of the pavement in Via Murri – an area of historical importance to the city – and road resurfacing around the track will also strengthen Formula E’s legacy in Rome. “We have strong support from the city to race in this area, we know it very well, and we’ve worked very closely with the authorities to solve any problems that existed before,” continued Formula E’s Sporting Director. “We’ve come to a solution to achieve a common goal and once again, we’ve adapted as required – even with the restrictions imposed upon us due to the global health situation.”