Formula E Will Conclude Inaugural Season with a London Two-fer
London will be the final stop on the first Formula E racing calendar. On Thursday, February 19, FIA Formula E announced the city will host 2 races on back-to-back days. The races will take place on June 27-28 on the grounds of Battersea Park, a venerable public park.
Which means at the current pace of differing drivers winning each ePrix, London could be the place where the first Champion is named.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Discussions for our London Formula E race have been many months in the planning so we’re delighted to be awarded planning approval by Wandsworth Council. Our thanks must go to all the parties involved for their hardwork and co-operation, especially Mayor Boris Johnson, Wandsworth Council and the various stakeholder groups with interests in the location.
“Having two races in London – the final two of the season – was an option we discussed at length with Wandsworth Council and means that London could well be where the inaugural champion is crowned, making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy. We will now begin preparations for bringing urban electric racing to London but of course that means working closely with all parties and local residents’ groups to ensure that we remain sympathetic to all park users.”
The circuit should be quite quick, looking at the image above. The boxy track features two main straights, a sweeping left turn and shorter straightaways for drafting and passing. Three of the 4 corners are incredibly tight, along with some chicanes tossed in to make driving simply “delightful.”
British racing driver Sam Bird, who competes for the UK-based Virgin Racing team, said of the circuit layout: “The track is in the beautiful Battersea Park, right next to the River Thames, just across from Chelsea and with some of the most famous features of London’s skyline in the background. The layout itself seems to combine fast straights, a couple of high-speed bends, as well as some challenging chicanes and braking zones. I think the London ePrix spectators will be treated to some close, fast racing with plenty of action and overtaking. The organisers have done a good job with this layout and I can’t wait to race there, in front of my home crowd!”
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