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Circuit Layout
Paris Layout
Circuit Details
Name Qatar Airways Paris ePrix
Location France Les Invalides, Paris
Length 1.930km (1.990mi)
Corners 14
First Race 2016 Paris ePrix
Circuit Records
Fastest Lap Qualifying Wins
1:02.323 1:01.616 1
Germany Nick Heidfeld Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
 The capital of the French Republic, Paris is a host city for the FIA Formula E Championship, with the 2017/18 edition of the series returning in April 2018.[1] The city of Paris, which had originally been added to the calendar in place of Monaco, has hosted an ePrix every year since 2015/16, using a circuit around the Hôtel des Invalides.[2]

City HistoryEdit

The most populous city in France, Paris has been viewed as the capital of France/Gaul since 508 A.D., although the area around the future city had been occupied since the 3rd century B.C.[3] The town would soon develop into one of the first cities in Europe as France emerged, although it was not until the twelfth century A.D. that Paris truly emerged as the centre of French politics.[3] The city would fall to the English king Henry V in 1420, remaining in England's hands for eighteen years, before retaken by France at the conclusion of the Hundred Years' War.[3]

Paris would briefly lose its status as the capital of France during the reign of Louis XIV, although the city would under go a revolution in architecture, which saw several palaces, including Les Invalides, constructed.[3] Paris would go on to become the centre of the Age of Revolution in the late eighteenth century, with Napoleon Bonaparte's creation of the French Empire seeing another wave of landmarks created.[3] After this period, Paris would become known as "The City of Lights", with 56,000 gas lights installed during the 1860s.[3]

The Parisian population hit 2,715,000 at the start of the twentieth century, while an influx of artists saw Paris become a capital of culture.[3] These traits would survive through the two World Wars, despite constant bombing and occupation leaving deep scars in the Parisian facade.[3] The city would recover and continue its rapid expansion outwards into the twenty-first century, although its population would drop to just over 2,000,000 as more people moved to the suburbs.[3]

Formula E HistoryEdit

The former palace of Les Invalides was chosen to host the FIA Formula E Championship in 2015/16, effectively replacing Monte Carlo on the calendar.[2] The grounds around the city's military museum, which include the tomb of Napoleon, provided ample room for the Formula E series, with a circuit formed around part of the grounds.[2]

Circuit HistoryEdit

Les Invalides quickly emerged as the host of the Paris ePrix during the 2015/16 season, fulfilling the FIA's hopes to centre the race closer to Paris' most iconic monument, the Eifel Tower.[2] The grounds around the city's military museum, which include the tomb of Napoleon, provided ample room for the Formula E series, with a circuit based around the palace itself, with only minor disruption to the city as a result.[2] In terms of the race, Les Invalides would see Lucas di Grassi snatch a win for the German ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, beating home favourites Renault e.Dams.[4]

Les Invalides would return in 2016/17, hosting the 2017 Paris ePrix with funding from Qatar Airways.[5] This time, it would be e.Dams' lead driver Sébastien Buemi who claimed victory, although Parisian born Jean-Éric Vergne would challenge throughout.[5]

Circuit LayoutEdit

A clockwise running circuit was constructed right around the former Palace, with the pitlane entry and exit both centred on the 180° turn 12, ahead of the start/finish straight.[6] The circuit itself started with a 90° right hander, before an extended chicane was formed from turns two, three, four and five.[6] Turn six was simply a kink into a hairpin turn seven, which opened out onto another of the palace's boulevards.[6]

A long blast down the second boulevard was to be followed by a stamp on the brakes for the 90° turn eight.[6] The turn nine kink carried the cars to another 90° corner, before the pit entry/exit formed from turns eleven, twelve and thirteen, which arced around a small plaza.[6] Another kink then led the cars into a right hand bend, before opening out onto the start/finish straight to complete the tour.[6]

RecordsEdit

A full list of records for the Paris ePrix is outlined below, including a list of race winners.

WinnersEdit

Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held in Paris:

Paris ePrix Winners List
Season Name Circuit Date Winner Report
2015/16 2016 Formula E Visa Paris ePrix Circuit des Invalides 23rd April 2016[2] Brazil Lucas di Grassi Report
2016/17 2017 Formula E Qatar Airways Paris ePrix Circuit des Invalides 20th May 2017[7] Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Report
2017/18 2018 FIA Formula E Paris ePrix Circuit des Invalides 28th April 2018[1] Report

Circuit des Invalides RecordsEdit

After two races around the Hôtel des Invalides, the records stand thus:

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'More compact Season 4 calendar revealed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/more-compact-season-4-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 19/06/2017)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 'Paris to welcome Formula E in 2016', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/july/paris-to-welcome-formula-e-in-2016.aspx, (Accessed 12/07/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 'Paris', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 25/09/2017), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
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  7. 'Qatar Airways becomes Official Airline Partner', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/05/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/may/qatar-airways-becomes-official-airline-partner/, (Accessed 04/05/2017)
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