There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding sporting events during the pandemic era, but that has not stopped the City of Cape Town from successfully bidding to be a host city for next year’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Jaguar and bid partner e-Movement announced that Cape Town has been included for the 2022 schedule in February.
The announcement was made this week by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in Geneva, following a scheduled meeting to approve the season eight calendar by Formula E Operations. As the founding partner to e-Movement, Jaguar South Africa supported the bid to host the first Formula E event in Cape Town, a press release sent to Hypertext explains.
“This is a historic first for our country and Jaguar South Africa is ecstatic to have been part of the team to secure Formula E for Cape Town and South Africa,” noted Richard Gouverneur, MD of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa regarding the announcement.
“We are delighted and honoured to be included on the calendar after two years of bidding to make this dream a reality,” added Iain Banner, chairman of e-Movement.
Given that it has been several decades since FIA-level racing has taken place in South Africa, it is certainly. a feather in the cap of the the city and motorsport in general for the country. While it remains to be seen what the status of COVID-19 in SA is like come February 2022, hopefully there is the chance for fans to see the Formula E vehicles race in person.
“On a personal level, having grown up in South Africa, I’m incredibly excited to be racing in my home country with the team. For Jaguar the announcement is very welcome as South Africa is an important market,” enthused Jaguar Racing Team director, James Barclay.
The current 2022 Formula E schedule (subject to changes) is as follows:
|One||One and Two||Diriyah, Saudi Arabia||28th and 29th January 2022|
|Two||Three||Mexico City, Mexico||12th February 2022|
|Three||Four||Cape Town, South Africa||26th February 2022|
|Four||Five||China (TBC)||19th March 2022|
|Five||Six||Rome, Italy||9th April 2022|
|Six||Seven||Monaco, Monaco||30th April 2022|
|Seven||Eight||Berlin, Germany||15th May 2022|
|Eight||Nine||TBC||4th June 2022|
|Nine||10||Vancouver, Canada||2nd July 2022|
|10||11 and 12||New York City, USA||16th and 17th July 2022|
|11||13 and 14||London, UK||30th and 31st July 2022|
|12||15 and 16||Seoul, South Korea||13th and 14th August 2022|