While the decision has yet to be officially confirmed, it is believed that Mexico has been added to the Formula E calendar for 2016. There is apparently a vacant slot on March 19th as the popularity of this new and exciting sport continues to grow. Sources close to the deal suggest it has already been agreed pending an official announcement by Alejandro Agag, director of the series.
This is yet another feather in the cap for Formula E, which is significantly more popular than many had expected when the first season finally began. When you bear in mind the number of false dawns the sport has encountered it has certainly moved on in leaps and bounds of late.
As the number of teams and drivers continues to grow, so does speculation regarding a new race for Formula E in Switzerland. Rumours from the paddock suggest there are many negotiations going on behind the scenes and the first season of racing will likely look very different to the second season. There was some disappointment when the Beijing race was postponed by one day, due to other events in the region, but this will not overshadow the expected success of season two.
One thing is becoming more apparent as the weeks and months progress, the expected difficulty in attracting corporate sponsorship and investment for Formula E certainly appears to have been unfounded. This is a relatively new technology which is expanding and developing at lightning quick pace and many believe the sport will learn from the problems which Formula One encountered in its long and colourful past.
What does season two have in store?
While much of the focus has been upon the difference between Formula One and Formula E vehicles, it is easy to forget that these electric cars even today have a top speed of 140 mph. They can move from a standing start to 60 mph in less than three seconds and with nine countries participating in season two there will certainly be an increase in crowd numbers. The relatively successful season one of Formula E has, as we mentioned above, attracted great interest from corporate entities with new teams and drivers emerging on a regular basis.
The argument often comes back to whether Formula E will ever be as popular as Formula One. Formula One has a history and a reputation few other sports can match but Formula E is certainly beginning to attract a crowd of its own. It will be interesting to see how it develops over the months and years ahead and ultimately whether the electric car technology developed by racing teams filters through into the mass market. Ultimately, that will be the recognition that the industry craves and will justify the massive investment by teams and their sponsors.
There are potentially two new races on the horizon for the second season of Formula E with rumours of more to follow. New teams, new sponsors, and new drivers have also added to the expectations for the next series and it is not difficult to see why it is growing in popularity. It is different from Formula One but Formula E is quickly building its own reputation, its own personality and perhaps more importantly its own following.