Rome E-Prix: everything you need to know
The Rome E-Prix will be back in Rome on 9-10 April 2022. This year, as already in 2021, there will be two races in Rome, two E-prix of Formula E. Again, the ancient streets of Rome will welcome the world’s fastest electric cars.
Formula E remains a new concept in the world of motorsport but it has attracted big money sponsors and some of the hottest racing talent on the planet since its inception in 2014. Here’s what to expect when the race comes to the Eternal City.
What is Formula E?
Formula E is a class of motorsport only using electric-powered cars. The Championship is now in its eight season, having started in Beijing in 2014. Races all take place on temporary city-center circuits, encapsulating some of the most impressive sites in the world – not least in Rome.
The 16-race, this 2022 season will see a number of changes surrounding qualifying and race regulations. The cars have a limited maximum power set to 220 kilowatts. There is also a new qualifying format that features groups and head-to-head duels. Pole-position will be decided in a final head-to-head duel. The scoring system is akin to Formula One, and the driver with the fastest lap receives an additional bonus point.
Where will the Formula E track in Rome be?
The track will be situated on the southern outskirts of the city in the Eur Neighbourhood.
The Formula E World Championship has detailed a revised circuit for its fourth visit to the heart of Rome’s EUR district. The start line will be positioned in Largo Parri, there will be a 180 degree turn around the obelisk (in Piazza Marconi) and a stretch that will connect the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the picturesque Colosseo Quadrato) with the Palazzo dei Congressi.
How will the racing progress?
There will be ample time to catch a glimpse of the cars in the city with two practice sessions in the morning (only one 30-minute session on the second day) before the qualifying at noon. Qualifying has a different look to that of traditional racing. Drivers are divided into two groups of 11, ordered based on their Drivers’ World Championship position, battling at 220kW to set lap times each in a 10-minute session, with the fastest four from each progressing into the Duels stage. Those eight will then face off in the quarter-finals, competing against one another head to head in a knockout at 250kW over the last eight into the semi-finals and on to the final. The winning driver of the final duel takes Julius Baer Pole Position, while the runner-up lines up second, and so on.
The race itself will last for 45 minutes. At the end, once the 45 minutes are up and the leader has crossed the finish line, there’s still one more lap to go until the race finishes.
Who are the drivers and teams?
There are 22 drivers signed up for the 2022 calendar, each with two cars on the grid. Nyck De Vries, the Dutch driver from Mercedes Team won last year’s driver’s championship and is defending his crown. Other teams include BMW Andretti, Mercedes Team, Mahindra, Rokit Venturi Racing, Tag Heuer Porsche and Jaguar Racing.
The Allianz E-Village
Included with your ticket is access to the Allianz E-Village. It’s a full-day festival of entertainment and exploration for fans of all ages. Expect live music, a gaming arena, a kids’ area and a wide range of food and beverage options.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased on Ticketone website. Cost starts from €29 for the green arena till €132 for the Premium Experience. Double e-prix starts from €39.