|Hong Kong E-Prix|
|Name||FIA Formula HKT Hong Kong E-Prix|
|Location||Hong Kong, China|
|Circuit||Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit|
|First Race||2016 Hong Kong ePrix|
|Last Race||2019 Hong Kong E-Prix|
|Most Recent Results|
|Name||2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix|
|Pole||Stoffel Vandoorne 1:11.580|
|Edoardo Mortara||Lucas di Grassi||Robin Frijns|
|Fastest lap||Sam Bird 1:02.358|
The Hong Kong E-Prix is an annual motorsports event, staged in Hong Kong (香港 in Chinese) as a round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. First staged as part of the 2016/17 FE campaign, serving as the season opener, Hong Kong has become a regular fixture on the calendar, having host four E-Prix.
The Hong Kong E-Prix was set to return for a fifth rendition during the 2019/20 season, although civil unrest over the summer of 2019 ultimately resulted in the race being dropped in favour of a return to Marrakech.
Having spent centuries as a minor port and melting pot of various Chinese groups, Hong Kong would become part of European trade in Asia during the sixteenth century, having been "discovered" by Portuguese explorer Jorge Álvares. The population of the port would only remain in the thousands, however, until the Qing dynasty ceded the island and port to the British Empire on the 29th of August 1832, Britain's prize for winning the First Opium War. The population then ballooned as the City of Victoria was established, coinciding with several natural disasters and rebellions in China, allowing Hong Kong to establish itself as a safe haven for many Chinese citizens and traders.
A steady growth in population, and size would continue into the twentieth century, with Britain obtaining a 99 year lease in 1898 to maintain control over the port. Hong Kong would also retain its status as a safe haven throughout the period, with only the Japanese occupation during the Second World War disrupting an otherwise peaceful international trade hub. British rule would resume after the War and would see Hong Kong industrialise at an incredible rate, before the lease came to an end of the 1st of July 1997. The city then became Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, with the future of Hong Kong as an autonomous state coming into question as the years passed.
Formula E History
The city of Hong Kong was first proposed as an Formula E venue in 2015 as negotiations over the second season of the Championship began. The problem with staging a FE race in the City was that the major roads in the city would have to be closed, and so the race had to coincide with another event in order to stage an ePrix. Fortunately, an agreement was signed that allowed FE to come to Hong Kong for the first time on the 9th of October 2016, with the deal also stipulating that the race should be the opening round of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship.
The first Hong Kong ePrix would be an eventful affair, with Sébastien Buemi taking a fortunate victory in an incident filled race. The race, attended by some 30,000 people, would also be highlighted for making a HK$50 million loss, although Alejandro Agag, chairman of Formula E Holdings was quick to dismiss the impact those losses would have on the race in future.
Circuit HistoryThe Harbourfront would be chosen as the basis for the maiden Hong Kong ePrix, with a ten turn circuit established amid the city's major landmarks. The Harbourfront circuit would see Buemi claim a surprise win after a poor qualifying run, aided by a safety car caused by a crash for José María López. His major rivals for victory would be ruled out of the race too, with Nelson Piquet Jr. hitting the wall just moments after Lopez did, while Sam Bird had an issue during his car change that left him a lap down.
A full list of records for the Hong Kong ePrix are outlined below, including a list of race winners.
Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held in Hong Kong E-Prix:
|Hong Kong E-Prix Winners List|
|2016/17||2016 HKT Hong Kong ePrix||Harbourfront Circuit||9 October 2016||Sébastien Buemi||Report|
|2017/18||2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix||Harbourfront Circuit||2 December 2017||Sam Bird||Report|
|2017/18||2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix||Harbourfront Circuit||3 December 2017||Felix Rosenqvist||Report|
|2018/19||2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix||Harbourfront Circuit||10 March 2019||Edoardo Mortara||Report|
|2019/20||2020 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix||Harbourfront Circuit||1 March 2020||Cancelled|
Videos and Images:
- Wpcpey, 'File:Lung Wo Road Formula Race view 20161009.jpg', wikimedia.org, (WikiMedia Commons, 10/10/2016), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lung_Wo_Road_Formula_Race_view_20161009.jpg, (Accessed 17/10/2016)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Drive the Future', hkformulae.com, (HK Eprix, 2016), http://www.hkformulae.com/, (Accessed 17/09/2016)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'From Hong Kong to New York: FIVE NEW CITIES FOR THIRD FORMULA E SEASON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/from-hong-kong-to-new-york/, (Accessed 02/07/2016)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 '2019/20 calendar revealed: London and Seoul star in sixth Formula E campaign', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/2019-20-season-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 14/06/2019)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'Final calendar revealed for season six of ABB FIA Formula E Championship', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/10/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/october/final-formula-e-season-six-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 04/10/2019)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 'Hong Kong', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 09/10/2016), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Buemi holds on in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/october/buemi-holds-on-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
- ↑ James Porteous, 'View-blocking barriers necessary for safety say Formula E chiefs – and HK$50m loss ‘irrelevant’', scmp.com, (South China Morning Post Publishers, 09/10/2016), http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/2026466/view-blocking-barriers-necessary-safety-say-formula-e-chiefs-and, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 'More compact Season 4 calendar revealed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/more-compact-season-4-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 19/06/2017)
- ↑ 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5', info.fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/06/2018), http://info.fiaformulae.com/season-5-calendar/, (Accessed 07/06/2018)
- ↑ Jake Kilshaw, 'Mortara, Venturi Set for First Win as Bird Penalized', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC., 10/03/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/mortara-venturi-set-for-first-win-as-bird-penalized/, (Accessed 10/03/2019)
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