Jean Todt says FIA working on Formula E and WEC 2019/20 clashes

FIA president Jean Todt says the governing body is trying to find a solution to the three clashes between the Formula E and the World Endurance Championship calendars in 2019/20

Jean Todt says FIA working on Formula E and WEC 2019/20 clashes

The 2019/20 ABB FIA FE calendar was officially revealed after last week's World Motorsport Council meeting and its two unassigned city slots, December 14 2019 and March 21 2020, and Seoul race (May 3 2020), clash with the WEC races in Bahrain, at Sebring and Spa.

Sam Bird, Jose Maria Lopez, Sebastien Buemi, Andre Lotterer, Antonio Felix da Costa raced full-time in both series in 2018/19, with Stoffel Vandoorne and Jean-Eric Vergne entering selected races of the WEC superseason alongside their commitments with HWA and DS Techeetah, and Aston Martin GTE driver Alex Lynn joined Jaguar for the second half of the current FE season.

Speaking about the situation during the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, Todt said: "Honestly, I have other things to do in my agenda [than] to look carefully [at] the calendar.

"I realised when the calendar was proposed that effectively there are some clashes between some events.

"I made a calendar commission, where people were due to sit together and to work [together].

"If you have a commission [and] people don't meet, I'm sorry about that.

"There is probably some misunderstanding and some difficulties about the calendars. It's something I've been expressing very often.

"We have 52 weekends in the year and we were mentioning the number of events we have - so unfortunately there are some clashes between some events and some championships.

"Clearly, we know that there is interest with certain drivers to participate to both championships.

"So now in light of what has happened I've already asked my people to see if some solutions could be found.

"I must say it's not easy - because each championship has its own needs, own problems to solve. But if it's something which we can improve we will do it. That's all I can say."

When asked if the solutions would involve changes to the 2019/20 FE calendar, Todt said that would be the case "If we can".

"Every year you don't have the magic stick," he explained.

"We say 'OK, with 52 weekends and hundreds of races we will do something where there is no problem' - so it will always be a problem.

"I simply feel a bit unsatisfied that this calendar commission did not meet to try to address the problem before. But it's never [too] late to try."

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