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Bern joins Formula E calendar for season 5

Bern will host the 2019 Swiss ePrix, the FIA has confirmed, completing the calendar for the 2018-19 Formula E season.

Switzerland hosted its first motorsport event in over six decades earlier this year. FE hit the streets of Zurich in June, with Lucas di Grassi making history as the race winner.

But the series was left looking for a new Swiss host as the Zuri-Fascht festival and Zurich Pride Festival pushed the race out of the city.

Bern, home of the Swiss Grand Prix between 1947 and 1954, will replace Zurich for the upcoming season.

“It’s fantastic news to return to Switzerland this coming season on the streets of Bern for the Julius Baer Swiss ePrix,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.

“We collectively made history last season in Zurich – successfully hosting a professional circuit race for the first time in the country in over six decades. Now we’ll be making history once again by bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to the Swiss capital of Bern.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to Mayor von Graffenried and his team. I’m already counting down the days to the start of the season.”

The Bern ePrix will take place on the June 22nd and will be the final round of the European branch of the championship.

Bern’s confirmation comes less than a week after the announcement that Santiago would be back on the calendar for season five. With the final two cities announced, the 2018-19 calendar is complete.

 

Bethonie Waring

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