Hong Kong ePrix confirmed for 2016
Team Aguri Also Confirms Antonio Felix da Costa
The electric racing series confirmed earlier reports that the series will indeed race next season through the streets of Hong Kong. The new ePrix will be held exactly one year to the day from the announcement, on October 9, 2016. As with most of the other races on the calendar, the new round in Hong Kong will race through the city's streets. A street circuit has already been designed to run two kilometers through the city's Central district, near the Victoria Harbour between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry.
What isn't clear at this point is whether the race will be held in addition to, or instead of the round in Beijing that kicked off the first season and is set to do the same for the second later this month. Additional races are also reportedly being considered for locations including New York, Montreal, Tokyo, and Australia. Only the Montreal and Hong Kong rounds have thus far been confirmed, however.
In addition to the Hong Kong announcement, it was also confirmed that Antonio Felix da Costa will be driving once again for Team Aguri. The Portuguese driver won the Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2009, has raced in Formula 3, GP3, GP2, and DTM, and served as an F1 test driver for both Force India and Red Bull. Last year in Formula E he didn't compete in every race, but won the Buenos Aires ePrix and finished the championship in 8th place.
The confirmation ostensibly fills the last seat left vacant on the grid for this season, with fewer driver swaps to be allowed this year after the game of musical chairs that took place in the previous inaugural season. This year's grid will be filled with European drivers, three Brazilians, a Mexican (Salvador Durán), and a Canadian (Jacques Villeneuve). But while last season saw Marco Andretti and Scott Speed drive for the Andretti team, so far the roster for 2015-16 does not include a single American driver.
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