ABB FIA Formula E World Championship: 2021 Diriyah E-Prix

The historic surroundings of Diriyah are the backdrop as Saudi Arabia hosts Formula E’s first ever night races.

The 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship got underway on 26 and 27 February, with a double-header in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Returning to the UNESCO World Heritage site for the third season in a row, this year’s event saw the first ever Formula E night races, with the latest low-power LED technology being utilised to create a spectacular show while reducing energy consumption by up to 50% compared to non-LED tech.

Conducting the planning and organisation of the event once again was STAMiNA Productions, while the Ministry of Sports (MOS) appointed Blink Experience to handle the host city scope. Working closely with stakeholders Formula E (FE), MOS, Saudi Arabian Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) and the promoter, CBX, the team was able to “achieve the impossible” and hold this world-class international event in the middle of a global pandemic. Jennifer Gazeas, Head of Venue Design, Track and Overlay for the Diriyah E-Prix at STAMiNA Productions, explained how the team adapted to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. “We shared a goal of holding the first ever night race for Formula E,” she began. “Holding the majority of meetings on Zoom, we all made it work and showed that with these tools, we can still plan together and show incredible resilience and professionalism.”

Photos: STAMiNA Productions / ADI