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Formula E to debut in HK

CHINA’S Hong Kong will host a leg of the Formula E championship next year, the world’s first fully electric racing series, organizers announced yesterday.

The championship sees 10 teams, each with two drivers, racing on temporary city-center circuits.

Formule E chief Alejandro Agag announced that the “Hong Kong ePrix” would be held a year from now — on October 9, 2016.

“As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities,” Agag said. “We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city.”

Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Junior is current world champion after winning Formula E’s first season, which began in Beijing last year and concluded in London in June.

The second season will kick off in China later this month with former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, 44, of Canada coming out of retirement to compete.

Other cities confirmed on the second-year circuit include Paris, Moscow and Buenos Aires, before the championship ends again in London in July.

The new Hong Kong circuit will run along the harbor front on Hong Kong Island.

Piquet said he hoped to take part in the event. “Hong Kong is a great city: busy, modern, exciting,” he said. “I very much hope I will have the chance to race here a year from today.”

Meanwhile, Williams driver Felipe Massa clocked the fastest time in yesterday’s second practice session for the Formula One Russian Grand Prix, with only six other drivers setting times in heavy rain.

The first practice session was disrupted by a fuel spill and subsequent attempts to clean it up by spraying water, while the second took place with standing water on large parts of the track.

Massa clocked 2 minutes, 0.458 seconds around the Sochi track, two tenths ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Massa’s Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas was third.


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