Formula E hopes for runway success at Berlin airport

Mike Askew

13.7.2020

After an enforced five-month layoff due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Formula E is set to end the 2019/20 season with a unique triple-header in Berlin. Running over nine days, each pair of races will be based at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, using different track configurations for each pair of races. These changing layouts will present the Formula E pack with a unique challenge as they cope with developing distinct strategies and adapting to evolving circuits in a short timeframe.

The historic German airfield has been chosen to close out the current season, hosting three double-headers in quick succession on August 5/6, 8/9 and 12/13.  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 seal his first Formula E title, promoting him onto the champions’ roll of honour alongside team-mate and two-time reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

The trip to Berlin will round out Formula E’s revised season six calendar, taking the total number of rounds to 11. With the top four drivers in the championship separated by fewer points than a single race win offers, it’s still all to play for when the racing recommences in Berlin. 

Our very own Nicki Shields will be reprising her role as TV host and pitlane reporter, and if we can keep her out of the Berlin bierkellers for long enough, she’ll be back with another Formula E blog. 

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