Circuit type: Temporary street course
Rome's Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR is a temporary circuit created for the Formula E championship, bringing single seat racing to the streets of the Italian capital. One of the longest courses employed by the all-electric racers, the event is the culmination of multiple efforts over the years to bring racing to the area.
The circuit is located within the city's Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) district. The EUR district was chosen by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to celebrate fascism in the 1940s. He hoped to create a 'world fair' on the site but, while his ambitions were soon curtailed, the enormous Colosseo Quadrato - which also forms a backdrop to the track - was constructed as a symbol of fascist architecture. Today it is home to an exhibition space and houses the headquarters of luxury fashion label Fendi.
In its first incarnation, the circuit began on the Via Cristoforo Colombo, the longest district road in Italy. Among the landmarks it takes in are the Obelisco di Marconi, a marble-concrete structure built as part of the city's hosting of the 1960 Olympic Games, and the Rome Convention Centre (which houses the E-Village on raceday).
The the inaugural Rome E-Prix took place on April 14 2018 before a crowd of 45,000 people. The 33-lap race was won by Virgin driver Sam Bird from second on the grid. Lucas di Grassi finished second for Audi and Techeetah driver André Lotterer came third.
In 2019, the second edition of the race provided a bit of a thriller. Andre Lotterer took his first pole position of the season but at the start, José María López caused a huge pileup at the back causing the race to be stopped. The race was restarted under the Safety Car and Lotterer led the way until being overtaken by the Jaguar of Mitch Evans, who went on to take his first win for himself and the team.
There was to be no repeat in 2020 as the race fell victim to the Covid-19 crisis, being one of a number of races cancelled due to the pandemic.
In 2021 the race returns, though with a substantially revised layout which is designed to reduce the traffic impact of the event by reducing the run down the Via Cristoforo Colombo. The 2.1-mile, 19 turn circuit is the second longest ever to be used by Formule E, designed with input from the drivers committee of Lucas di Grassi, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Oliver Rowland.
"As always, we've created a real challenge – and in my opinion, one of the greatest layouts we've made yet," said Formula E Sporting Director Frederic Espinos. "The first and most important thing was to create a track that caused minimal disruption for the city, so we have had a re-think of the area we're using.
"We've managed to keep the character of Rome in this new layout, with its undulations, lots of elevation changes, surface changes and the on-track excitement we've always seen when visiting the city.
“Rome is quite unique for a street circuit on our calendar as it’s one of a handful with fast, sweeping corners and varying radiuses because of the roads that we have to work with. It’s a circuit that drivers will be able to make a real difference as a result."
The revised layout opens up the use of Rome’s La Nuvola Convention Centre and creates space for more spectators at future events. Restoration of the pavement in Via Murri – an area of historical importance to the city – and road resurfacing around the track will also strengthen Formula E’s legacy in Rome.
The Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR is located in Rome, Italy. Leonardo da Vinci Airport (at Fiumicino) is around 20 minute's drive to the west, while Ciampino Airport is around the same distance away to the south east.
The circuit is located in the Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) district in the south-west of the city. There are numerous public transport options to get to the area from central Rome, including the subway, where the EUR Palasport station is the closest to the circuit, from where the grandstands and E-Village are a short walk.
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