August In Berlin For Formula E Return

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Formula E will run three doubleheaders in Berlin in August. (Formula E photo)

BERLIN — Formula E is set to resume racing in August at Tempelhof Airport here following approval of the FIA, with six races in nine days deciding who will win the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The historic German airfield has been chosen to close out the season, hosting three doubleheaders in quick succession on Aug. 5-6, 8-9 and 12-13. Each pair of races will use a different track configuration, presenting opportunities for distinct strategies and the conditions for Formula E’s unpredictable and exciting racing.

Formula E had already completed five races before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, with DS TECHEETAH driver Antonio Felix da Costa topping the standings, but only 11 points clear of nearest rival Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans.

Da Costa will be looking to use the six-race season finale in Berlin to seal his first Formula E title, promoting him onto the champions’ roll of honor alongside his DS TECHEETAH teammate and two-time reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

The three doubleheaders in Berlin will complete Formula E’s revised season-six calendar, taking the total number of rounds to 11.

Formula E and the FIA have been working in close consultation with teams and local authorities to define a robust plan to conclude the championship in a safe manner. To mitigate risk, Formula E is implementing strict safety measures including racing behind closed doors with only essential staff and competitors travelling to the event.

As per German government guidelines, there will be a maximum number of 1,000 people on site at any given time, including local suppliers and medical crews. All other operations will be carried out remotely.

Key health and safety protocol include mandatory coronavirus testing prior to the races, as well as on-site screening every day upon arrival at the track.

Formula E will also actively enforce the use of face masks, social distancing and limit movement across workspaces with clearly defined zones for different event populations.