Felipe Massa has driven Formula E’s Gen2 car in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The first competitive appearance of the new cars will be held in Saudi Arabia on December 15, 2018.
His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, vice chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, said, “This is a truly game-changing moment for Saudi Arabia and one that we can share with the world.
“It is very fitting that such a futuristic and sustainable sport as Formula E is pointing to the future direction of our country. Saudi Arabia is home to millions of passionate young fans of motorsport. Many of whom simply cannot believe that Felipe Massa took the Gen2 car around the streets of the capital today and that they now have a ‘home race’ on the Formula E calendar.
“Saudi Arabia is racing into the future with Formula E as we open the Kingdom to the world in a transformation that is being supercharged by the Vision 2030 plan, and driven forward by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.”
In preparation for the Formula E race in December, Saudi Arabia has worked with UNESCO to create the track from the historic city’s existing roads network, holding true to the sustainable nature of Formula E and minimizing noise pollution.