A provisional circuit design for the Monaco round of the maiden Formula E championship has been published by motor racing journal, Autosport. The track is shorter than the F1 circuit to allow the battery cars to preserve energy. The article reports that Monaco will not feature on the calendar for season two.
Formula E is set to race on a shorter version of the Monaco circuit that would run in both directions on the harbour front. Series boss Alejandro Agag has revealed plans for a circuit that would turn sharp right after the start-finish straight at Ste Devote…the Formula E version would then run parallel to and in the opposite direction of the grand prix track towards the tunnel.
A hairpin at the chicane would then bring the Formula E cars back onto the grand prix track to complete their lap.
Should this layout not prove workable, it is understood that Formula E would race on a circuit measuring less than a mile, which would incorporate the start-finish straight, the new right hander at Ste Devote, the swimming pool section and La Rascasse.
Elsewhere, a draft circuit for Battersea Park in London has been spotted online. View it here (Battersea Park proposed layout). A press release posted by the Wandsworth council sheds more light – including the revelation that Lucas di Grassi drove the proposed circuit in a Spark-Renault last month.
Councillors on the community services overview and scrutiny committee will be asked next week if they support the idea in principle.
Councillor Jonathan Cook said: “As things stand right now, there is a proposal on the table and councillors are being asked whether or not they support the idea in principle. There is still plenty of work to be done before a final decision can be made. What we are quite clear about is that we could not support a proposal that would cause harm or damage to the fabric of the park and its important historical and heritage features, cause unnecessary or unreasonable disturbance to residents living nearby or involve excessive disruption to people’s normal enjoyment of the park.”
Consultations have commenced with local amenity groups and a heritage impact assessment has been drawn up which will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which financed an extensive range of improvements to the park between 1998 and 2003.
If Formula E gets the go-ahead to stage a race in the park it would deliver a significant financial windfall to the borough…If councillors agree to support the proposal in principle at their meeting on September 25, further consultations will take place with a range of organisations and the public before councillors meet again to make a final decision towards the end of October. If the proposal is approved at that point then Formula E would subsequently need to seek planning permission to stage the race.