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2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix

Round 1 – Saudi Arabia, December 15, 2018

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2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix

15 Dec 2018

The 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix is here with three days of Formula E fun, live music from international artists, entertainment, cultural activities and gripping city street racing. Here’s all you need to know.

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Tune in to Formula E Radio

Join us for full live radio commentary of every round of this season’s 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship (2018/19 season).

Each round, our expert commentary team will bring you all the action from pre-race Qualifying, before providing uninterrupted live commentary of the race itself from lights out to the chequered flag.

The team then provide a comprehensive review of the day’s action including pit-lane interviews, reaction and analysis in our end of race review Podcast.

Tune in to the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix, December 15

Join us on Saturday December 15 for full live radio commentary of the opening round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Saudi Arabia.

Our expert commentary team of Claire Cottingham, Mark Priestley and Tom Gaymor will be on air from07:45-09:15 GMT with all the action from Qualifying.

Then from 11:45-13:15 GMT, the trio bring you build up to the E-Prix in Ad Diriyah, before live uninterrupted commentary of the race itself, from lights out to the chequered flag.

Plus, don’t forget to download the Official ABB Formula E Podcast at the end of the race, for all the reaction, interviews and analysis – available via Apple Podcasts, iTunes and audioBoom.

Meet the Formula E Radio Team 

Marc Priestley (@f1elvis) – 10 years with McLaren Racing, as Number One Mechanic and part of the famous pitstop crew, culminated in helping Lewis Hamilton to become World Champion in 2008. Marc left the team in 2009 and has successfully built a career in media, both inside and outside of motor racing.

  • Claire Cottingham (@Cla_Cottingham) – Claire is a journalist, presenter and reporter whose knowledge and passion for motorsport has seen her work for a number of established media organisations such as the BBC, ITV and talkSPORT.
  • Tom Gaymor (@TomGaymor) – Former professional racing driver who now works within the sport with teams, drivers and various associations, organisations and companies delivering different services ranging from Talent Development with Carlin, to TV Presenting and Commentary with BT Sport, Eurosport and ITV Sport.

Tune in times:

  • Qualifying:         07:45 – 09:15
  • Race:                     11:45 – 13:15


How to get in

To access the entire Ad Diriyah site, including the racetrack and grandstands, the 180,000 sq me Allianz E Village and the concert arena you must have an official Formula E ticket, either a three-day ticket or a ticket for the day you are attending.

Do not drive to Ad Diriyah if you do not have an official Formula E parking pass. If you are eligible for a parking pass you will have been contacted and must collect your pass from the Green Halls before travelling to the venue.

How to get there

The biggest free Park & Ride shuttle bus service ever laid on for an event of this kind will operate across the three days, December 13, December 14, December 15.

Shuttle buses operate from King Saud University where parking is available for up to 7,000 vehicles.

A City Park & Ride service also operates at regular frequencies to and from Ad Diriyah from these locations:

Al Faisaliah – Narcissus Hotel – the Hyatt Regency – Four Seasons – Fraser Suites – Holiday Inn Al Meydan – Holiday Inn Olaya – Aloft hotel, – Burj Rafal Kempinski Hotel – Sheraton Riyadh Hotel – Executive KAFD Hotel – Movenpick Riyadh Hotel – Marriott King Saud Rd Hotel – Double Tree by Hilton Hotel – Panorama Mall – Riyadh Park Mall.

What time can I catch the buses?

Shuttle bus services begin operating an hour before Ad Diriyah opens to the public.

  • Thursday: Bus service begins 3pm – site opens 4pm
  • Friday: Bus service begins 1pm – site opens 2pm
  • Saturday: Bus service begins 9am – site opens 10am

The last bus back from Ad Diryah ranges from 11.30pm to 12.15pm, please check with your individual route for confirmation.

Can I park?

There is public parking but you must have an official Formula E parking pass otherwise will not have access to Ad Diriyah and will be directed to use the public ‘Park & Ride’

If you are a Grandstand ticket holder, whether a single day or a three-day ticket holder, you need to purchase three tickets to qualify for one parking pass.

For every three Grandstand tickets purchased the buyer gets one pass into the general parking area.  If no parking pass, then you will not get access and will be directed to use the ‘Park & Ride’.

Premium Hospitality ticket holders will be entitled for one general parking pass per ticket purchased.

Emotion Club ticket holders get one pass for VIP parking (much closer to the venue) for every three Emotion Club tickets purchased.

Do not drive to Ad Diriyah if you do not have an official Formula E parking pass. If you are eligible for a parking pass you will have been contacted and must collect your pass from the Green Halls before travelling to the venue.

About the race

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series.

Driven by the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology, alternative energy solutions and thrilling racing in the heart of the Saudi capital of history – Ad Diriyah. Formula E redefines the very boundaries of what a sport can be through the unique fusion of entertainment, sustainability, technology and innovation. We are fighting climate change by offering electric vehicles as a solution to air pollution in city centers and breaking down the barriers to the electric vehicle market.

Consisting of eleven teams and 22 drivers, Formula E delivers world-class racing to twelve cities around the world throughout the seven-month Championship season, bringing racing rivalries to city streets set against some of the most iconic skylines in the world – such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and NOW in Ad Diriyah.

2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix track map*

The track

Old meets new. Racing in the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah, all 22 Gen2 cars and drivers will take to the 2.495km track to battle for the first victory of the season.

With 21 twists and turns, the drivers will skirt the historic town walls before heading back towards the start/finish line in the heart of the district. Who will emerge victorious? Join us to find out.

*Track is subject to FIA homologation

The Festival

The 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix represents the biggest annual sporting, social and business networking opportunity yet created in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme. The three-day event promises an array of family entertainment each day, with stunning live performances from global and regional headline acts, which will be crowned by the race itself as the first of its kind for all-electric motorsport in the Middle East. A variety of ticketing options ensure that the event can be enjoyed by individuals and families or as a backdrop for your business needs from the comfort of the grandstands and the exclusive hospitality area.

On race day, December 15, the world’s favourite DJ David Guetta, US smash act OneRepublic will perform and close three amazing nights of world-class entertainment. The festival line-up will open on Thursday 13th December with global superstar Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo. Then on the eve of the opening race of season five, The Black Eyed Peas and Amr Diab will get the party started on Friday December 14, ahead of the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix, as the biggest line-up of music ever seen in the Kingdom celebrates Formula E’s debut in the Middle East.