Seoul reveals exciting circuit layout for new 2020 venue

Following on from the recent announcement of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar, plans for the new Seoul circuit have been revealed.

The 2.8km, 19-turn circuit looks an exciting layout, running around the city’s iconic Olympic Park. As will be the case with London’s season-ending venue, the circuit will also partly run indoors, with seven turns housed inside the Jamsil Sports Complex and former Olympic stadium (pending FIA homologation).

“I’m so excited to be coming to Korea and the streets of Seoul for the first time with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season,” said the series’ founder Alejandro Agag.

“Seoul is such a vibrant and versatile city with sporting heritage and experience in hosting international events. Formula E will be showcasing speed and performance at the former Olympic venue, using a unique track with a spectacular stadium section.”

It is the first time that South Korea has been chosen to host a Formula E event, the race taking place on May 3, 2020, between races in Paris and Berlin. Speaking on the circuit reveal, President of ABB Korea Sweeseng Lee is certain the event will be a success for city.

“I am very happy that ABB Formula E Championship will be held in the city of Seoul for the first time and the current partnership supports the background of ABB’s vision for sustainable future,” said Lee.

Echoing the views of the ABB Korea President is Seoul E-Prix Racing Event Management Chairman, Hee-Beom Lee.

“In addition to aiming the Formula E event in Korea by introducing eco-friendly automotive technology through a futuristic competition, this year’s event will also contribute the development of the domestic automotive industry by minimising environmental damage such as air pollution, and position the championship as the next-generation racing event,” added Hee-Beom Lee.

Fraser Masefield

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