Tempelhof Airport to be Berlin ePrix venue

Berlin Tempelhof Airport Confirmed FormulaE FormulaFuture

FIA Formula E Championship organisers have unveiled the finalised track layout and location for May’s inaugural Berlin ePrix.

The new layout for the DHL-sponsored race will see competitors speed along a 17-turn, 2.47km street circuit, which will run through the ‘Apron’ section of the German capital’s defunct Tempelhof Airport.

The announcement was made at a press conference held at the airport and attended by German Formula E drivers Nick Heidfeld and Daniel Abt, as well as Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, CEO of DHL Express Europe John Pearson and Berlin Senator Cornelia Yzer.

The FIA's confirmed circuit layout

The FIA’s confirmed circuit layout

“Berlin is one of the leading cities in Europe for innovation and sustainable mobility, whilst Germany is renowned for its motorsport passion and hence why we selected it as a host city for Formula E”, Agag explained.

“We’re now very much looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans, one they can be proud of and where they’ll be able to support home-grown talent Nick Heidfeld and Daniel Abt, along with German team Audi Sport Abt.”

The newly revealed street circuit has been designed by Rodrigo Nunes, responsible also for the Beijing ePrix layout, and will feature a mixture of technical, lower-speed corners bookmarking a high-speed Turn 5.

Uniquely, Tempelhof Airport could also feature relatively generous run-off areas compared to previous races, which have all taken place on tight city streets.

“Normally on a street circuit there is no run-off so and no room for mistakes – but in Berlin, it could be more open allowing a little more margin for error”, Heidfeld commented.

“For me, it’s going to be very special racing in front of my home crowd and I’m really looking forward to it!”

The DHL Berlin ePrix is scheduled to take place on May 23, 2015. Tickets can be purchased here.

Image credit: Martin Teschner – The Original (Flickr) – CC BY-ND 2.0

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