New dates have been set for the second round of the inaugural season of the FIA’s all electric race series, Formula E.
Previously, the date was set to be approximately one month after the first race in Beijing, for 18th October 2014. The new date is 22nd November 2014, more than a month later.
While this is unlikely to effect too many people, those who had booked flights in advance and arranged visas are unlikely to be happy by the decision and it is likely the decision was not taken lightly.
However, it appears the reasoning for the alteration is due to Malaysia’s Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak who had conflicting arrangements. While that may not seem like an adequate reason to re-organise an entire event, the Malaysian Prime Minister has been an integral part of making Formula E happen and thus the FIA and Formula E controlling bodies deemed his request worthwhile.
Alejandro Agag said:
“The Prime Minister has been fundamental to the FIA Formula E Championship racing in Malaysia and, following lengthy consultation with the FIA and the local motorsport federation, Formula E has decided to honour the request to reschedule the Putrajaya ePrix.”
All other race dates remain the same for the rest of the calendar year with no change to the order either – the 3rd race takes place on 13th December, just under a month after the newly re-sceduled Putrajaya ePrix.
Source; Formula E