Monaco Almost 90 years ago a Grand Prix race was held there for the fi rst time The track confi guration has hardly changed since then However the streetcar tracks have long disappeared Zurich The Formula E circuit through the fi nancial district is traversed by tram tracks Schaeff ler brand ambassador di Grassi pictured won the inaugural Zurich E Prix 1929 2018 become reality Thanks to Formula E electric racing and then some can already be experienced today That s because Formula E is designed to be a full package of pleasure Motorsport takes place where most fans live in the city They take the subway to get there with the whole family in tow because all young and old can expect entertainment galore on and off the race track set up in the city Spectators aren t only able to give their favorite drivers a power boost for the race FanBoost by online voting but also have the chance to personally meet their heroes at the E Village and even join them for the champagne shower at the podium ceremony all included in the admission ticket Since its inaugural season in 2014 2015 Formu la E has raced in nearly 20 metropolises around the globe London Paris Miami Moscow Monaco Marrakesh Bei jing Buenos Aires and Berlin were and continue to be highlights as is New York City the prominent fi nal venue of season 2017 2018 This fourth season encompassed ten events featuring a total of twelve races Rome Santia go de Chile and Zurich were new on the calendar A trailblazer even for Formula 1 The fi rst Formula E race in the heart of Zurich in June 2018 was a trailblazer in a special way because it was the very fi rst circuit auto race in Switzerland in 63 years This type of racing has been banned there since 1955 as a spontaneous reaction to the tragedy at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year Initially just for electric race cars this legal ban in Switzerland was partially lift ed in 2015 fol lowing endless debates More than 100 000 spectators lining the circuit on the shore of Lake Zurich made for a record crowd and celebrated an action packed full boost festival made possible by progress in electrical engi neering and Formula E s innovative concept Formula E has even by now become a trailblazer for motorsport of the future for its big sister Formula 1 Instead of at Silverstone or Hockenheim its new makers would like to present F1 in London or Berlin in the future as well thus polishing the image and attractiveness of automobile racing s top category Four of the 21 current Formula 1 tracks are pedigree city street circuits Mel bourne Baku Singapore and Monaco The Grand Prix in the principality on the CÔte d Azur has been the sea son s pinnacle event for 89 years It was introduced in 1929 in addition to the Monte Carlo Rally fi rst held in 1911 The objective of this race around the casino back then was to attract more tourists 2018 saw the 65th run ning of the Monaco event as an F1 world championship round and 76th in total No other city race in motorsport has a longer history and none is more famous and popu lar and more controversial As close as you can get Fans are allowed to marvel at the Formula E drivers Lucas di Grassi in this case even directly in front of the pits here and now 79

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