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Flag of Riyadh.png Diriyah E-Prix
Ad Diriyah E-Prix Poster 2019.jpg
E-Prix Details
Name SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix
Location Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
No. Held 3
Circuit Flag of Riyadh.png Ad Diriyah Street Circuit
Previous Circuits {{{previouscircuits}}}
First Race Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Last Race unknown
Only Race unknown
Most Recent Results
Name Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2022 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix II
Pole Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries 1:07.154
First Second Third
Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi
Fastest lap Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne 1:08.917

The Diriyah E-Prix is an ABB FIA Formula E Championship race, staged in the town of Ad Diriyah, frequently referred to simply as Diriyah (الدرعية‎ in Arabic), in Saudi Arabia.[1] The city if Ad Diriyah, a former home of the Saudi royal family, was the first middle-eastern host of the Formula E Championship when it staged the 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix on the 15 December 2018.[2]

In 2021 the Diriyah E-Prix would create history as the first E-Prix to be staged as a World Championship race, as well as the first ever night race to be held in FE.[3] Subsequent editions of the race would also be held at night, with the 2021/22 season also opening in Diriyah.[4]

City History

The area around Ad Diriyah was at the heart of the Expedition of Muhammad ibn Maslamah which took place here in July, 627AD, becoming a stronghold in the heart of Saudi Arabia.[1] However, the first proper reference to Diriyah as a town appeared upon its foundation in 1446-7 by Mani' Al-Muraydi, an ancestor of the Saudi royal family.[1] From then Diriyah would grow to become the principle town in the Nejd, before forming the centre of Muhammad ibn Saud's regime in 1744.[1]

From Capital to Culture

Diriyah became an economic powerhouse in Arabia as the Saud regime expanded, only to be severely destroyed twice after the Ottoman-Saudi War of 1811 to 1818.[1] The city was steadily rebuilt after 1824, and again after 1902, although its status as the Saudi capital was removed to nearby Riyadh as the ancient structures disappeared.[1] The new town of Diriyah was formed around the surviving ruins of old city, which subsequently became a major tourist attraction in the area.[1]

Formula E History

Ahead of the 2018 Berlin E-Prix it was revealed that Saudi Arabia had signed a deal to host the opening round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with the capital of Riyadh listed as host.[5] This was subsequently changed to Ad Diriyah on the official calendar, released ahead of the 2018 Zürich E-Prix, before the circuit itself was revealed in September 2018.[6]

Circuit History

Records

A full list of records for the Ad Diriyah E-Prix are outlined below, including a list of race winners.

Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held in Diriyah E-Prix:

Diriyah E-Prix E-Prix Winners List
Season Name Circuit Date Winner Report
2018/19 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix[6] Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 15 December 2018[2] Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Report
2019/20 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2019 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix I[6] Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 22 November 2019[7] Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird[8] Report
2019/20 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2019 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix II[6] Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 23 November 2019[7] Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims[9] Report
2020/21 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2021 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix I[6] Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 26 February 2021[10] Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries[11] Report
2020/21 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2021 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix II[6] Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 27 February 2021[10] Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird[12] Report
2021/22 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2022 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix I[6] Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 28 January 2022[4] Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries[13] Report
2021/22 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2022 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix II[6] Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 29 January 2022[4] Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara[14] Report

References

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References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Wiki
  2. 2.0 2.1 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5', info.fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/06/2018), http://info.fiaformulae.com/season-5-calendar/, (Accessed 07/06/2018)
  3. Matt Kew, 'Formula E to hold first night races in Saudi Arabia', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 24/11/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/night-races-saudi-arabia-diriyah/4915151/?ic_source=home-page-widget&ic_medium=widget&ic_campaign=widget-2, (Accessed 24/11/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'SEASON 8 CALENDAR: Cape Town, Vancouver and Seoul feature on most expansive Formula E schedule yet', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/07/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/july/season-8-calendar-announcement, (Accessed 08/07/2021)
  5. 'Formula E to race in Riyadh for opening round of Season 5', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/formula-e-to-race-in-riyadh-for-opening-round-of-season-5/, (Accessed 17/05/2018)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 'Formula E signs Saudi Arabian Airlines as official Airline Partner', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/09/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/september/formula-e-signs-saudi-arabian-airlines-as-official-airline-partner/, (Accessed 25/09/2018)
  7. 7.0 7.1 '2019/20 calendar revealed: London and Seoul star in sixth Formula E campaign', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/2019-20-season-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 14/06/2019)
  8. 'Audi-powered Bird clinches first win in Saudi, leading Porsche and Mercedes', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/11/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/november/race-report-diriyah-2019, (Accessed 22/11/2019)
  9. 'Sims clinches first win in Saudi showdown, BMW scoops one-two finish ', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/11/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/november/race-report-diriyah-2019-2, (Accessed 23/11/2019)
  10. 10.0 10.1 'Second set of 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship races announced', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/01/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/january/calendar-update-2020-21, (Accessed 28/01/2021)
  11. 'Nyck de Vries storms to maiden win in Formula E's first night race; the season-opening 2021 Diriyah E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/02/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/february/diriyah-round-1, (Accessed 26/02/2021)
  12. 'Jaguar Racing's Sam Bird soars to Round 2 victory at Diriyah', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/02/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/february/diriyah-round-2, (Accessed 27/02/2021)
  13. 'REIGNING CHAMPION DE VRIES HEADS MERCEDES-EQ ONE-TWO IN DIRIYAH OPENER ', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/01/2022), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2022/january/diriyah-round-1-report, (Accessed 05/02/2022)
  14. 'MORTARA CAPS STORMING RACE FOR VENTURI WITH WIN IN DIRIYAH E-PRIX ROUND 2', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/01/2022), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2022/january/diriyah-round-2-report, (Accessed 08/02/2022)
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