FE And WEC Clash remains despite German GP Axe

2y ago

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Formula E and The World Endurance Championship failed to reach an agreement to avoid the July 16th clash of the New York ePrix and the German round of the WEC.

There was hope that with the German Grand Prix being dropped from the Formula One calendar that an agreement would be reached to allow the FIA to move the WEC race at the Nurburgring back to avoid the clash.

WEC boss Gerard Neveu was interested in moving German round of the championship back to avoid the clash with New York ePrix if the German GP was not within two weeks of the WEC race.

However, with the German round now being dropped from the Formula One calendar, it was surprising that an agreement between the two sports could not be reached to avoid the clash.

Championship leader Sebastien Buemi has already revealed that he is likely to miss the double-header in New York due to the clash, which will enable his rivals to catch up or put him out of the title race ahead of the season finale in Montreal.

A number of other drivers may also be affected by the clash as Nicolas Prost, Nelson Piquet Jr, Nick Heidfeld and Sam Bird compete in WEC.

Also, Lucas Di Grassi and Loic Duval may be interested in remaining in the series, as they look for a new team after Audi departed from the championship this season.

If all of those drivers named become unavailable for the race in New York, the teams may struggle to find replacements, as the majority of the up and coming talent in GP2 and GP3 will be competing at the British Grand Prix.

Therefore, finding a suitable replacement might be hard for Formula E teams ahead of the inaugural New York Race next year.

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