Tuesday, Aug 13 11:36am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Brendon Hartley will put WEC before Formula E if clashes continue

With a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship confirmed earlier this year it seemed clashes would rule Brendon Hartley out of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.


However, Hartley has since signed with GEOX Dragon Racing for Season 6 of the all-electric single seater series.


There remain some calendar clashes, but TOYOTA GAZOO Racing have confirmed Hartley will put the WEC before his single seater commitments.


The 8 Hours of Bahrain currently clashes with a to-be-confirmed event on 14 December 2019. Early reports by eracing365 suggest that TBC date may be scrapped entirely by the Formula E organisers, which would alleviate any problems.


The 1000 Miles of Sebring on 20 March next year currently clashes with a Formula E race in China on the same weekend. The host city for the race hasn’t been announced, but is expected to take place in Sanya again as it did in Season 5. The China race is reportedly set to move forward a week though.


TOYOTA GAZOO Racing told eracing365: “In the event of a clash between WEC and Formula E races, Brendon will give priority to his WEC commitments.”


If the clashes remain Hartley will have to step down for those two weekends with priority firmly on the 2019-’20 FIA World Endurance Championship alongside Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.


Hartley isn’t the only driver facing the same issues. Buemi will likely return for the Nissan e.dams outfit. 


2019–'20 FIA World Endurance Championship 


Round Race Circuit Date
1 4 Hours of Silverstone United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 1 September 2019
2 6 Hours of Fuji Japan Fuji Speedway 6 October 2019
3 4 Hours of Shanghai China Shanghai International Circuit 10 November 2019
4 8 Hours of Bahrain Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit 14 December 2019
5 6 Hours of São Paulo Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace 1 February 2020
6 1000 Miles of Sebring United States Sebring International Raceway 20 March 2020
7 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 25 April 2020
8 24 Hours of Le Mans France Circuit de la Sarthe 13–14 June 2020



2018–19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship


Round ePrix Circuit Date
1 Ad Diriyah ePrix Riyadh Street Circuit 15 December 2018
2 Marrakesh ePrix Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan 12 January 2019
3 Santiago ePrix Parque O'Higgins Circuit 26 January 2019
4 Mexico City ePrix Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 16 February 2019
5 Hong Kong ePrix Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit 10 March 2019
6 Sanya ePrix Haitang Bay Circuit 23 March 2019
7 Rome ePrix Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR 13 April 2019
8 Paris ePrix Circuit des Invalides 27 April 2019
9 Monaco ePrix Circuit de Monaco 11 May 2019
10 Berlin ePrix Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit 25 May 2019
11 Swiss ePrix Bern Street Circuit 22 June 2019
12 New York City ePrix Race 1 Brooklyn Street Circuit 13 July 2019
13 New York City ePrix Race 2 14 July 2019


Photo: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing