New home for German FIA Formula E race

February 15, 2016

New home for German FIA Formula E race

February 15, 2016


The FIA Formula E championship has found a new home for the German round of the all-electric open wheel championship.

berlinFE_race_may23_15_9The Berlin ePrix will take place on a new bespoke track in the heart of the German capital on May 21. Last year’s event was staged at Tempelhof Airport (pictured right) but the venue is unavailble in 2016, the facility being used to house refugees.

The new 2.030km circuit, which remains subject to approval from the Berlin city authorities, and FIA track homologation, will feature 11 turns and wind its way around Strausberger Platz and towards Alexanderplatz with the pitlane on Karl-Marx-Allee.

“It is fantastic news that we have been able to find a new location to race in Berlin and I want to thank everybody who has been involved in making this happen for all their hard work in such a short space of time,” Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said.

“Germany is an incredibly important market for Formula E as the home of DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner, and BMW i, the Official Vehicle Partner of the series. I am sure that this race will capture the imagination of the German fans and be a great success.”

berlinFE_race_may23_15_27Last year’s German round of the championship was won by Dragon Racing’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio who was promoted to the top spot after the first man across the line – Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport’s Lucas di Grassi – was disqualified due to a front wing technical infringement.

“The new location for the Berlin ePrix fits these requirements perfectly. Berlin is one of the most important capital cities in the world, the cultural and political centre of Germany, a country where the motor industry plays a very important role and where there is a particularly keen awareness of mobility for the future,” said Jean Todt, President of the FIA.

Di Grassi’s German teammate Daniel Abt is looking forward to racing on home soil again in 2016.

“Congratulations! Formula E hasn’t only come up with a tremendous alternative location in Berlin but created a circuit with a lot of character,” Abt said.

“The configuration looks interesting and, with its long straights and hairpin turns, seems to be promising a thrilling race as well. When we were in Berlin last time we visited a restaurant and a bar near Alexanderplatz – and now we’re going to race in exactly this part of the city. Now that the circuit has been announced, I’m even more excited about my home round.”

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