Formula E has settled on using London’s Battersea Park as the location for the final race of its inaugural season.
During the Formula E Global Launch event in London on Monday, the series organisers revealed that their preferred location for the grand finale is London’s luscious park, located on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite Chelsea.
Other venues in London had also been considered, including the Olympic Park, Hyde Park and Wembley Stadium. Although Battersea Park was finally settled on, the final track layout is yet to be chosen.
However, it is not certain that the event will go ahead. Before the race can be signed off, amenity groups and local residents must first be consulted, according to a spokesperson for Wandsworth Borough Council.
Speaking about the potential Battersea race, Mayor of London Boris Johnson had the following to say:
“Fast, fun, and no doubt furious, the FIA Formula E Championship race in London is set to provide an awesome addition to the capital’s sporting calendar. The atmosphere will quite literally be electric and Battersea, which is already booming with the buzz of regeneration, will be alive with the excitement that this new, world-class event will no doubt spark.
“Hosting the championship final of this all electric race is a fantastic feather in our city’s sporting cap. It shows that there is great confidence in London’s ability to stage the biggest and the best global sporting events, which play such an important role in boosting our economy and our international reputation.”
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