Moscow has been confirmed as the host of the ninth round of the inaugural Formula E championship, after street circuit details were announced.

The Moscow ePrix - which will act as the penultimate round before the finale in London - will take place on 6th June, with the Berlin ePrix moving forward by a week to the 23rd May. The race will take place on a 13-turn street circuit adjacent to the Kremlin, but is still subject to FIA approval.

However, FIA President Jean Todt is confident Russia will put on a stunning show after hosting its first Formula 1 Grand Prix last year.

"Russia's presence in motorsport dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century but the growth rate which we've seen in the last few years is incredible," Todt said. "After the debut of WTCC two years ago and of Formula One last year, the launch of another FIA Championship in the country is an important milestone in this growth path."

Todt also said the FIA believe the Formula E championship has been a success with ground-breaking technology and its appeal to a younger audience.

To date, four rounds of the first Formula E series have been completed. Beijing hosted the opening round back in September 2014 as the championship began its round the world tour. The series then raced in Malaysia, Uruguay and Argentina. So far the four races have been won by four different drivers with plenty of competitive and unpredictable racing on display.

Lucas di Grassi currently leads the drivers' championship by ten points from British driver Sam Bird, with Former F1 driver Sebastien Buemi in third a further five points back.

"Formula E represents a new form of racing and entertainment as it's aimed to attract and engage not only motorsport fans but also a new audience and in particular the younger generations," Todt added. "It fits perfectly in the FIA's traditional role as a leading promoter of innovation, technology and performance in the automotive sector. I am sure that Moscow will enjoy the event."

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said he was pleased to secure an ePrix in Moscow as Russia represents a big market for car developments.

"We are delighted to be welcoming Moscow onto the 2014/2015 Formula E calendar as our 10th host city," said Alejandro Agag. "Russian people have always welcomed with passion and enthusiasm international events and we are sure it will be the same with the Moscow ePrix. Russia's automotive market is steadily growing, as is its electric vehicle industry and I am confident that Formula E will help to promote the concept of sustainable mobility in this country.

"As with our previous races, we have no doubt the Moscow ePrix is going to be a fantastic spectacle for teams, drivers and fans."

Svetlana Korshunova, organiser of the Moscow ePrix, called the decision to allow Moscow to host an ePrix 'a great honour' and is confident the race will be a success.

"In 2011 the highlight of our show was the participation of EF01 Formulec racing car, the first in the world completely eco-friendly vehicle." Korshunova said. "Since then we've been closely following the development of this segment in motorsport and it is a great honour for us to see fully electric racing cars on Moscow streets again but in a totally different status. This is going to be an unforgettable experience."

 

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