Formula E shows commitment to eSports with second event that pits gamers against drivers

LONDON, UK (March 12 2016) – Jerome D’Ambrosio and Buenos Aires ePrix race winner Sam Bird
will go head-to-head in a virtual racing battle as the headline feature of the second FIA Formula
E Championship Race Off.

The Dragon Racing driver and the DS Virgin Racing star will use the Formula E cars in Turn 10
Studios’ Forza Motorsport 6 on Xbox One for virtual bragging rights. The event takes place at ESL
Studios in Leicester on March 19, and you can be a part of the action too.

Two semi-finals will be used to decide the entry list for the grand final where the successful
racers will go up against the actual Formula E drivers. All the action will be broadcast as live by
BT Sport that evening. The overall winner will be invited to a special event to be staged later in
the year.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said: “We believe that eSports and Formula E are natural partners
and that the next generation of motorsport fans can be found in the virtual world. The Race Off
series gives the fans the potential to race against their idols, but this is only the beginning of
our plans in this field. Very soon we will be announcing a brand new initiative that will be a
world first in this sphere and will demonstrate Formula E’s commitment to bring new fans into
the sport and offer an unprecedented level of access and opportunity.”

Jerome D’Ambrosio said: “It’s going to be interesting – racing drivers are always competitive, so
we’ll both want to win, but it’s going to be so much fun. Some of the gamers are really, really
good and I think that it’s a real challenge for us even being racing drivers. I’m looking forward to
sharing a different experience with professional gamers – gaming is getting more and more
realistic so it will be interesting to see how it unfolds.”

Sam Bird said: “I used to do an awful lot of simulation with Formula 1 teams like Williams and
Mercedes but now my girlfriend’s kids hog the Xbox – I don’t get a look in! These days gaming is
huge with millions of people playing, following, streaming and downloading. If we can tap into
that it would be amazing for us as a championship. I reckon Jerome has been getting some
midnight practice but it’ll be good fun!”