Circuit type: Temporary street course
With an amazing and historic backdrop and at the heart of France's capital city, Formula E has certainly gone for the spectacular when it came to choosing a venue for the Paris ePrix. Based around the architectural complex of Les Invalides, close to the banks of the River Seine, the course is just across the river from the Champs Elysee and a stones throw from many other major Paris landmarks.
Located in the 7th arrondissement, the main backdrop is The Hôtel des Invalides complex of buildings, which contain museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans. The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the Dôme des Invalides, a large church with the burial site for some of France's war heroes, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte.
Reasonably wide boulevards make up the majority of the circuit, though it will be interesting to see what the city officials do with several sections of cobblestones which currently form a section of the route.
Designed by Electric Formula, the 14 turn course winding provisionally measures 1.29-mile / 1.93km and is currently subject to final confirmation and FIA homologation.
The Paris ePrix circuit is located at Les Invalides, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France. Most international airlines fly to Aeroport de Charles de Gaulle (CDG), 28km northeast of central Paris. In French the airport is commonly called 'Roissy' after the suburb in which it is located. Aeroport d'Orly (ORY) is 19km south of central Paris but, despite being closer than Charles de Gaulle, it is not as frequently used by international airlines. Another option is catching the high-speed Eurostar train into Gare Du Nord from a number of European destinations including London and Brussels.
While final details of grandstand locations are still to be finalised as this is written, the circuit is easy to reach by public transportation. Metro stations at Invalides, Varenne and La Tour-Maubourg are all located on the route of the circuit and likely to therefore offer the best options (check for services on lines 8 and 13). The RER rail network also has a stop at Invalides - served by Line C.