New breed of gladiators take to the streets of Rome
By Anthony Capkun
April 11, 2018 – Pope Francis today welcomed a selection of drivers competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to his residence in Santa Marta ahead of the first-ever E-Prix being held on the streets of Rome on April 14.
Alongside Formula E founder & CEO Alejandro Agag, the drivers, team reps and the official championship car were given a private Apostolic Blessing before attending the papal audience.
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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship electric street racing series is the world’s first fully- electric international single-seater category in motorsport. Formula E is more than just a race to be the best, says its promoters: it’s a competitive platform to test and develop “road-relevant technologies, helping refine the design and functionality of electric vehicle components and speeding-up the transition and uptake of clean transportation on a global scale”.
PHOTO: Pope Francis (centre) blessing the fully-electric Formula E car. Photo © Vatican Media, courtesy ABB Formula E.