The Formula E – electric single-seaters – street race scheduled to take place in Cape Town in February next year is being backed by Jaguar and hailed as something of a life-saver for an economy devastated by Covid-19.
The announcement was made this week by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in Geneva following a scheduled meeting to approve the Season 8 calendar by Formula E Operations. As the founding partner to e-Movement, Jaguar South Africa supported the bid to host the first Formula E event in Cape Town.
Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa, said: “This is a historic first for our country and Jaguar South Africa is ecstatic to have been part of the team to secure Formula E for Cape Town and South Africa.”
Iain Banner, Chairman of e-Movement (the promoters of the Cape Town leg of the World Championship), added: “We are delighted and honoured to be included on the calendar after two years of bidding to make this dream a reality.”
e-Movement has been working very closely with the City of Cape Town and will continue to do so, to finalise processes so that all the requirements can be met to stage a successful event early in 2022. The news is welcomed by all role-players and is seen as a counter-Covid-19 measure to boost South Africa’s identity globally, revive the Cape Town economy, and re-establish Cape Town as a leading tourist and events destination.
The Cape Town round will be the first FIA World Championship single-seater race in South Africa since the 1993 South African Grand Prix.
Jaguar Racing Team Director, James Barclay, said: “On a personal level, having grown up in South Africa, I’m incredibly excited to be racing in my home country with the team. For Jaguar the announcement is very welcome as South Africa is an important market.”
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato, commented: “Cape Town is pleased to be chosen as one of the cities to participate in the Formula E tournament. The event will unlock major investment, job creation and tourism potential through identifying Cape Town as the racing destination on the African continent.
“We look forward to working toward this event. The City has the necessary infrastructure and skills to host an event of this size and we are confident that the event will further cement Cap Town’s global reputation as the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination.”
2021/2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – Provisional Calendar
EVENT ROUND LOCATION DATE
1 1 & 2 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia 28 & 29/01/2022
2 3 Mexico City, Mexico 12/02/2022
3 4 Cape Town, South Africa* 26/02/2022
4 5 China (TBC) 19/03/2022
5 6 Rome, Italy 09/04/2022
6 7 Monaco, Monaco 30/04/2022
7 8 Berlin, Germany 14/05/2022
8 9 TBC 04/06/2022
9 10 Vancouver, Canada* 02/07/2022
10 11 & 12 New York City, USA 16 & 17/07/2022
11 13 & 14 London, UK 30 & 31/07/2022
12 15 & 16 Seoul, South Korea* 13 & 14/08/2022
* Subject to track homologation