By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer
The upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship races in Paris and New York have gained a presenting sponsor.
Formula E officials announced Monday that Qatar Airways has increased its association with the all-electric series, officially signing on as the race title partner for both the 2018 Paris E-Prix and the doubleheader season finale event in New York City.
“After another enthralling season last year, we’re delighted that Qatar Airways has reaffirmed its commitment to Formula E by extending its partnership and becoming race title partner of not only the Paris E-Prix, but for this season, the New York City E-Prix as well,” Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said in a series release.
“Our shared passion to strive for excellence and innovation will once again see the series make history in some of the world’s most recognisable cities – thanks to the support of Qatar Airways to help us in going places together.”
The announcement continues a pairing between the famous airway and Formula E which has seen Qatar Airways sign on to serve as the official airline partner for the inaugural Rome E-Prix (April 14) and the Berlin E-Prix (May 19).
The company also sponsored the inaugural Paris E-Prix in 2017.
“As an airline which is always ahead of the curve and driven to innovate, it makes perfect sense for us to extend our partnership for flagship events this season as the official airline partner of the future of motor racing, through Formula E,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said.
“With its ability to deliver thrilling racing events using the very latest environmentally-friendly technology, Formula E has demonstrated that this incredible sport is continuing to set the pace and win more new fans wherever their races take place.”
The Paris E-Prix is slated for April 28. The doubleheader New York City E-Prix will close out Season Four on July 14 & 15.