The fully-electric series Formula E has announced today that it will bring the 2019/2020 championship season to an end at Berlin’s Tempelhof circuit with six races in nine days.
The sixth edition of the Formula E championship has been put on hold since the Marrakesh E-Prix that was the fifth race of the season. Due to its nature as a series that visits city centres, the fate of the current season has been hanging in the balance. However, Formula E has decided to salvage the season, creating a safe environment for staff and competitors.
Following the approval of FIA, the championship has announced that the curtain will fall on the 2019/2020 Formula E season at Germany’s capital, Berlin. In an unprecedented manner, six behind-closed-door races will take place in nine days.
The three double-headers will take place on three consecutive weekends, on August 5/6, 8/9 and 12/13. The organisers have decided to create three different layouts for the three weekends to present opportunities for distinct strategies. The different conditions are expected to provide unpredictable and exciting racing.
The three double-headers in Berlin will complete Formula E’s revised season six calendar, taking the total number of rounds to 11.
Working in close consultation with teams and local authorities, Formula E will define a robust plan to create a safe environment for staff and competitors. The race weekends will be staged behind closed doors with only essential staff and competitors travelling to the event. A maximum number of 1,000 people will be present on-site at any given time, including local suppliers and medical crews while all other operations will be carried out remotely.
Part of the health and safety protocol will be the mandatory coronavirus testing prior to the races, as well as on-site screening every day upon arrival at the track. The set of measures will include the use of face masks, social distancing and limit movement across workplaces with clearly defined zones.
Chief executive officer of Formula E, Jamie Reigle labelled the sequence of three double-headers at the Templehof circuit as a nine-day festival of racing.
"Since taking action to suspend our season in March, we have emphasised a revised calendar which places the health and safety of our community first, represents Formula E’s distinct brand of city-centre racing and offers an exciting conclusion to the compelling season of racing we had seen so far.”
„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.
Reigle expects a drama-filled climax due to the fact that the three double-headers will take place on three different layouts.
„The team at Formula E has been working incredibly hard over the past weeks to enable us to go racing again in Berlin. I’d like to thank the FIA, our manufacturers, teams and partners for their continued support, the city of Berlin for their cooperation and flexibility and our fans for their patience,” he concluded.