Formula E to resume and conclude in August with six races in nine days in Berlin

The ABB Formula E season will resume with six races in nine days, all at the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, with three double headers on August 5/6, 6/9 and 12/13.

As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, the season was suspended until further notice not long after the Marrakesh e-Prix, won by DS TECHEETAH’s Antonio Felix ca Costa at the end of February.

The us Tempelhof Airport circuit has been chosen as the best option for travel and location, it being away from built-up areas and not in the middle of a city, as many of the Formula E circuits are. And the races will still be held behind closed doors, with only essential staff and competitors permitted to travel.

In order to make the conclusion to the season as varied and challenging as possible, each pair of races will use a different track configuration, so teams and drivers will have to change strategy from race to race. It is likely, too, that Attack Mode zones will be mixed up, to throw another exciting variable into the mix, with configurations and race start times to be revealed shortly.

“We’re heading to Berlin Tempelhof, a venue that our teams, drivers and fans love, to stage a nine-day festival of racing with three back-to-back double-headers,” commented Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E. “The festival will feature three track layouts, presenting a new challenge and creating the conditions for an unpredictable and drama-filled climax to our season.”

Currently, Antonio Felix da Costa tops the standings by a narrow 11 points from Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans, BMW’s Alexander Sims a further ten points behind. With such a flurry of races in such a short space of time, getting early points on the board could be a huge factor in terms of momentum and confidence, so the opening weekend will be critical in many regards.

“During what has been a difficult period for all, the proactive approach that Formula E has taken should be applauded – it’s not easy to balance the needs of the sport with the critical global safety issues which must come first ,” added Susie Wolff, Team Principal of ROKiT Venturi Racing, partnered by Acronis. “I want to thank our partners for the patience and ongoing support and also acknowledge everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes to keep the team connected and focused during this time.

“The six-race season finale in Berlin will present a unique opportunity and a test of endurance – especially with three different circuit layouts – but we will be ready to take on the challenge. The team are just as keen as I am to get back out and race.”

Fraser Masefield

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