Paris E-Prix

Overview

Overview

Formula E returns to the city of love this year, with the track’s awe-inspiring view of the Eiffel tower providing a perfect backdrop to the race.

As the second half of the season gets underway, Paris will be an important event for all the teams to work their way up the standings. The series will race on the Circuit Des Invalides once again, circling the military museum and Napoleon’s tomb in central Paris. Every track in Formula E has unique challenges, and Paris is no different.

With an inconsistent road surface and a very narrow track, Paris is rivalled only in the race calendar by Hong Kong for its technical driving difficulty. The Paris E-Prix has always been a fan favourite, and sell-out crowds are anticipated again this year, so get your ticket now!

The circuit

When: 28 April 2018
Track length: 1.93km
No. of turns: 14
Season 3 Winner: Sebastien Buemi
Season 3 Lap record: Sam Bird - 1:02.422
Track direction: Clockwise

About the circuit

The Circuit Des Invalides is a gripping one to watch, with action from the very first corner as all twenty cars decelerate from almost 200 km/h into the tight right hand turn.

 Given the tightly packed grid, there will almost inevitably be collisions and intense battling for position in this first corner. The track then narrows over the next few turns due to the tight Parisian streets.  Turn 9 is a sharp bend of more than 90 degrees, and the slowest in the circuit. However the road opens up as the long straight to Turn 10 presents itself, and we will see the Formula E racers under maximum acceleration here for sure.

The track surface will provide the drivers with a challenge, with overlapping zones of different tarmac throughout the length of the circuit providing some rough transitions. This combined with its narrow lanes, sharp turns and short length mean that the Circuit Des Invalides is up there with Hong Kong contending for the most technical track of the calendar.

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City guide

Where else to start your visit to the City of Paris, other than the Eiffel Tower?

Standing at around 320m tall, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic buildings within the city. Originally constructed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, as a temporary exhibit for the World’s fair, the tower’s popularity ensured that it would become a permanent attraction. The tower is ever popular today, and is visited by around 7,000,000 tourists a year.  Whilst the view of the tower is impressive, the panoramic views offered from the top are even more so.

Whilst it may take some time and effort to make your way up the peak of Montmartre to reach the Sacré-Cœur (“sacred heart”) basilica, what you will find at the top is more than worth it.

The Sacré-Cœur lies at the highest point within the city, and has some of the best views of Paris. The Sacré-Cœur is also home to streets upon streets of traditional French restaurants, and beautiful art galleries. You could almost forget you came to see the Sacré-Cœur!

What better way to take in the sights of Paris, than taking a boat tour along the river Seine. Boat tours along the Seine offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the Champs-Élysées.

Not only will a boat tour offer you an alternative way of seeing Paris, but it will also take you past some of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. Expect to see iconic sights such as the Notre-Dame cathedral, the Louvre and the Eiffel tower to name but a few.

A trip to Paris would not be complete without a walk down what is ultimately the city’s most famous street. Not only is the Champs-Élysées home to some of the biggest names in fashion, but it also has plenty of culture too.

In between all of the shops, there is many a theatre and Parisian cafe. The street is of course also home to one of the most magnificent landmarks within the city, the Arc de Triomphe.
     


The Championship races

Hong Kong
Round 1-2
Marrakesh
Round 3
Santiago
Round 4
Mexico City
Round 5
Punta del Este
Round 6
Rome
Round 7
Paris
Round 8
Berlin
Round 9
Zurich
Round 10
New York City
Round 10-11
Montreal
Round 13-14

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