This will be the fourth return to Rome of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and a positive setting for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, with last year seeing Stoffel Vandoorne victorious on the second race of the weekend. Running at 3.380 km, the street circuit is one of the longest in the all-electric series calendar. It features the same configuration of 19 corners as used in Season 7, but with a change of pole position, moving to between Turns 3 and 4 of the track. One of the more scenic street tracks, the Rome circuit races around the Obelisco di Marconi and against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo Quadrato with multiple elevation changes and countless passing opportunities.

Racing kicks off this weekend with a 15-minute shakedown session on Friday, followed by the two free practice sessions on Saturday, with Q1 and Round 4 taking place later in the day. This repeats on Sunday with a practice session in the morning, followed by Q2 and Round 5 of racing. With last year’s victory fresh in their minds, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team return hoping to maintain their reputation of success in the city and power further up the Team Standings ahead of the race in Monaco at the end of the month.

Driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who is looking to better his last result from Mexico City and who currently sits in fifth place in the Drivers’ Standings going into the Rome weekend, talked of his affinity for the circuit and the challenge ahead: “Rome is one of my favourite circuits. I just love driving there. The circuit offers one of the best compromises this season in terms of energy management and has lots of different track surfaces. Driving there feels like a real challenge, and I’m very much looking forward to that.” His teammate Nyck de Vries, who currently sits in second place in the Drivers’ Standings, spoke of his excitement at returning to racing: “We had a competitive package the last time we were in Rome, and hopefully, we can build on that again this year. At any rate, I’m real excited at the thought of going racing again.”

Rome is one of the most polluted cities in Europe, but there is a shift in priorities taking place with electric cars accounting for less than 1% of vehicles in 2019, compared with over 10% in 2020. With sustainability of growing importance, Vestas turbines have a strong presence in the region, with more than 4.7 GW of wind capacity under construction or installed in Italy. After the extensive break both drivers are ready to get back to racing on the streets of Rome, particularly with sustainable energy as such a growing topic there. Team Principal of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, Ian James, shares the drivers’ excitement for the race and talked of the possibilities the weekend holds: “It is a double opportunity for the team to show what we are capable of and that we know how to deliver that; by applying our experiences and expertise as a team. I can’t wait to hit the track again this weekend.”

Looking ahead at the weekend, the weather conditions are currently uncertain, with a forecast of rain at some point in the day, but minor changes may lead this to fall during the race. If you’d like to get involved in the electric action this weekend, you can play your part in forecasting the race for the chance to win some exclusive prizes with the Vestas Race Forecaster. Submit your forecasts for Round 4 and stay tuned throughout the weekend for all the updates!

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Season 8 of ABB FIA Formula E will electrify the streets of Rome on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April.