|Name||Qatar Airways Paris ePrix|
|Location||Hôtel des Invalides, Paris, France|
|Circuit||Circuit des Invalides|
|First Race||2016 Paris ePrix|
|Last Race||2019 Paris E-Prix|
|Most Recent Results|
|Name||2019 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix|
|Pole||Oliver Rowland 1:00.535|
|Robin Frijns||André Lotterer||Daniel Abt|
|Fastest lap||Robin Frijns 1:02.922|
The Paris E-Prix is an annual motorsports event held in the city of Paris, France, as a round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The city of Paris, which had originally been added to the calendar in place of Monaco during the 2015/16 season, and has since hosted an E-Prix every year since at the Circuit des Invalides in the city's 7th Arrondissement.
The 2019/20 edition of the Paris E-Prix was cancelled as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, the first time that the race had not been staged as part of the Formula E Championship since 2014/15.
The most populous city in France, Paris has been viewed as the capital of France/Gaul since 508 A.D., although the area around the future city had been occupied since the 3rd century B.C. The town would soon develop into one of the first cities in Europe as France emerged, although it was not until the twelfth century A.D. that Paris truly emerged as the centre of French politics. The city would fall to the English king Henry V in 1420, remaining in England's hands for eighteen years, before retaken by France at the conclusion of the Hundred Years' War.
Paris would briefly lose its status as the capital of France during the reign of Louis XIV, although the city would under go a revolution in architecture, which saw several palaces, including Les Invalides, constructed. Paris would go on to become the centre of the Age of Revolution in the late eighteenth century, with Napoleon Bonaparte's creation of the French Empire seeing another wave of landmarks created. After this period, Paris would become known as "The City of Lights", with 56,000 gas lights installed during the 1860s.
The Parisian population hit 2,715,000 at the start of the twentieth century, while an influx of artists saw Paris become a capital of culture. These traits would survive through the two World Wars, despite constant bombing and occupation leaving deep scars in the Parisian facade. The city would recover and continue its rapid expansion outwards into the twenty-first century, although its population would drop to just over 2,000,000 as more people moved to the suburbs.
Formula E History
The former palace of Les Invalides was chosen to host the FIA Formula E Championship in 2015/16, effectively replacing the Monaco E-Prix on the calendar after the Principality's first race in 2015. The grounds around the city's military museum, which include the tomb of Napoleon, provided ample room for the Formula E series, with a circuit formed around part of the grounds.
Les Invalides quickly emerged as the host of the Paris ePrix during the 2015/16 season, fulfilling the FIA's hopes to centre the race closer to Paris' most iconic monument, the Eifel Tower. The grounds around the city's military museum, which include the tomb of Napoleon, provided ample room for the Formula E series, with a circuit based around the palace itself, with only minor disruption to the city as a result. In terms of the race, Les Invalides would see Lucas di Grassi snatch a win for the German ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, beating home favourites Renault e.Dams.
Les Invalides would return in 2016/17, hosting the 2017 Paris ePrix with funding from Qatar Airways. This time, it would be e.Dams' lead driver Sébastien Buemi who claimed victory, although Parisian born Jean-Éric Vergne would challenge throughout.
A full list of records for the Paris E-Prix ePrix is outlined below, including a list of race winners.
Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held in Paris E-Prix:
|Paris E-Prix Winners List|
|2015/16||2016 Visa Paris ePrix||Circuit des Invalides||23 April 2016||Lucas di Grassi||Report|
|2016/17||2017 Qatar Airways Paris ePrix||Circuit des Invalides||20 May 2017||Sébastien Buemi||Report|
|2017/18||2018 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix||Circuit des Invalides||28 April 2018||Jean-Éric Vergne||Report|
|2018/19||2019 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix||Circuit des Invalides||27 April 2019||Robin Frijns||Report|
|2019/20||2020 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix||Circuit des Invalides||18 April 2020||Cancelled|
|2020/21||2021 FIA Formula E Paris E-Prix||Circuit des Invalides||24 April 2021||Report|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 '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)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 'Paris to welcome Formula E in 2016', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/july/paris-to-welcome-formula-e-in-2016.aspx, (Accessed 12/07/2015)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Matt Kew, 'Formula E's New York and London rounds cancelled', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 01/05/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/formula-e-news-new-york-london-races-cancelled/4787296/, (Accessed 01/05/2020)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 'Paris', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 25/09/2017), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
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- ↑ 'Qatar Airways becomes Official Airline Partner', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/05/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/may/qatar-airways-becomes-official-airline-partner/, (Accessed 04/05/2017)
- ↑ 'Qatar Airways becomes title sponsor of Formula E races', gulf-times.com, (Gulf Times, 23/01/2018), http://www.gulf-times.com/story/579131/Qatar-Airways-becomes-title-sponsor-of-Formula-E-r, (Accessed 23/01/2018)
- ↑ 'More compact Season 4 calendar revealed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/more-compact-season-4-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 19/06/2017)
- ↑ 'Fairytale ending for home race hero Vergne in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/fairytale-ending-for-home-race-hero-vergne-in-paris/, (Accessed 29/04/2018)
- ↑ 'Frijns emerges victorious in frantic French E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/04/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/april/race-report-paris-2019, (Accessed 27/04/2019)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ 'FIA publishes provisional 2020/21 Formula E calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/june/2021-race-calendar, (Accessed 19/06/2020)
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