- Misano replaces the Rome doubleheader
- Portland expands to two rounds
- 17-race schedule longest in Formula E history
Formula E has updated its 2024 calendar, with Misano stepping in to host the Italian round and Portland expanding to two races.
The expansion of Portland to two rounds implies that Jakarta will have to wait until 2025 at the earliest to host the all-electric series once more. Previously, Formula E announced that series organisers and Indonesian authorities were exploring an alternative date for the event in 2024.
With Rome no longer a suitable location for the new generation of Formula E cars, plans to race at a permanent circuit have come to fruition with Misano hosting the double-header weekend next season.
“We are excited to race at the historic Misano track for the first time and introduce the huge local motorsport fanbase to Formula E’s uniquely competitive racing,” said Alberto Longo, cofounder and chief championship officer at Formula E.
“Everyone associated with the track and region has been incredibly enthusiastic in welcoming Formula E to the area, and I would like to thank them for their support. The same message goes to the local promoter and officials in Portland, we cannot wait to return for a full weekend of racing and entertainment in the City of Roses.”
The confirmation of 17 races next year means this will be the longest Formula E season in its history.
Formula E is ramping up its efforts to expand at all costs, with the focus heavily placed on racing at more traditional circuits.
The all-electric series has made its name racing on street circuits around the world, but many traditional motorsport fans have struggled to connect as a result.
Now, through Shanghai, Portland and Misano, six of the 17 rounds next season will take place on more familiar tracks. This also highlights the advancements in technology that allows this new generation of Formula E cars to handle the demands of traditional circuits.
However, expect street circuits to remain an integral part of Formula E, especially following the aggressive marketing around its expertise in the area after the issues suffered by Formula One in first practice for the Las Vegas Grand Prix.