The main focus with the rounds for the end of the 2019/2020 calendar, has been to replace the races that have been postponed and cancelled, for the Coronavirus pandemic. But the other priority has been to have a lower cost for the teams, per race. The haulage costs, flights across continents, and trying to lower the general costs per race, will hopefully keep the series moving into 2021 and beyond.
However, to lower the costs further, it would probably be cheaper, if the costs for the 2021 season were also lowered. So, in a cost saving exercise, the 2019/2020 season should probably end, in Diriyah Saudi Arabia, so the 2021 season can begin in Saudi Arabia.
By ending the season and starting the season in the same country, it means no travelling of the cars over the Christmas period of the world, renown for expensive travelling costs, especially for large haulage. Team personal would likely travel back to Europe, but less expense for the teams, is a positive in my opinion.
The series will also need money to survive, and keeping the Saudi Arabian government and royal family, happy and pleased with the event, will be a big positive for Formula E, and giving the country, the season opener and the season finale, may help negotiate a new deal between the country and the Formula E series.
This could make Formula E more money from the deal with Saudi Arabia, whilst the global finances are struggling elsewhere in the world. Financial security for international businesses, will be a priority of the 2020s, based on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
It also means, having multiple races, weeks apart rather than them having two races, on back to back days, which can overexpose certain events, in Formula E’s history, so I also think this is a positive too. Plus, three races around the same racetrack, within the same Championship, is already the largest number, without a fourth race happening in Saudi Arabia.
If the Diriyah circuit is not ready to host Formula E in December of 2020, then I would suggest the Reem International circuit, close by in Saudi Arabia. It could the host for the final round of the 2019/2020 calendar, despite not being the best circuit ever designed, but fulfils the purpose of this idea, of Saudi beginning, Saudi Finale. I am not the biggest fan of the circuit, but for the good of Formula E’s survival, I think this is a good idea, for the business side of the sport.
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