Formula E and WEC to avoid clashes in 2018

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Formula E will not face any date clashes with the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2018 following successful talks between series officials in recent weeks.

This weekend’s New York City ePrix clashes with the WEC’s round at the Nürburgring, forcing a number of drivers who race in both series to choose one or the other. 

Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi will not feature in New York as a result of his Toyota LMP1 programme, while DS Virgin Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez is also required to race at the Nürburgring.

Neither series was able to shift from the 16 July date after locking in their race weekend plans when the Formula 1 race in Germany was still being planned, only for it to be cancelled for the second time in three years.

The situation should not occur in 2018, though, with bosses from F1, Formula E and WEC meeting earlier this year to discuss “calendar harmonisation” with FIA president Jean Todt.

Speaking to Reuters, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag confirmed that an agreement had been reached to avoid clashes with WEC next year, the all-electric series having already firmed up its dates to the summer of 2018.

“We managed for next year to avoid any clash with WEC, which is good news,” Agag said. “We cannot really try to avoid clashes with Formula 1. But as we don’t have common drivers, it’s no problem.”

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