Report: Misano to host Formula E race in 2024 & replace Rome E-Prix
Formula E is set to hold a double-header at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy on 13 and 14 April 2024, thereby closing the final gap in the race calendar for season 10, according to the colleagues at The Race. The classic race track on the Adriatic coast is said to have prevailed over Imola and Vallelunga and will take over the date of the originally planned Rome E-Prix.
If the decision was made in favour of Vallelunga, which was entirely possible, the event could even have kept the name Rome E-Prix, according to the organisers, as the circuit is only around 30 km north of the Italian capital. However, Formula E decided otherwise after several on-site appointments.
The infrastructure in Misano is said to have been the deciding factor. The circuit was extensively modernised in autumn 2006. The San Marino Grand Prix of the Motorcycle World Championship has been held here every year since 2007.
The ample space available in the paddock is ideal for the necessary TV facilities and an extensive VIP area, according to the report. Those responsible in Misano announced on 20 October that they had submitted a bid to host the Italian race in 2024.
After a massive shunt at this year's Rome E-Prix, Formula E cancelled the race in the EUR district from the race calendar, but still wanted to remain in Italy. Officially, the decision was made for safety reasons. However, several drivers expressed e-Formula.news in Valencia doubts about this reason.
Instead, economic reasons are also suspected: the costs for an E-Prix on a permanent race track like Misano are a fraction of those for a race in a city centre. In addition to the race in Cape Town, which is said to have been a "financial disaster" for Formula E, the racing series has invested a lot of money in the two previously announced races in Tokyo: On 30 March 2024 and 17 May 2025, the cars are scheduled to roll along the streets of the Japanese capital.
Official confirmation of the Misano E-Prix and the final race calendar is expected on 6 December. That is when the last meeting of this year's World Motor Sport Council will take place in Baku (Azerbaijan).