Formula E announces London race for season finale of 2019-20
Formula E announces London race for season finale of the 2019-20 campaign after four-year absence
- London has been named as the venue for the 2019-20 Formula E season finale
- The all-electric car racing series will return after a four-year absence
- The sixth season will see the calendar expanded to 14 races, including Seoul
London has been confirmed as the venue for the season finale of the 2019-20 Formula E campaign, which will be expanded to 14 races for the first time.
The all-electric car racing series will return to the UK capital after a four-year absence, having previously featured at Battersea Park in 2016.
The sixth season will also see the calendar expanded to 14 races, with South Korean capital Seoul becoming the latest major city to embrace the rapidly growing motorsport.
London has been confirmed as the venue for the season finale of the Formula E campaign
‘Next season promises to be the most exciting and eagerly-anticipated in the short history of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, said Alberto Longo, co-founder and deputy CEO of Formula E.
‘More races and new faces, with the incredible new additions of Seoul and London, as well as the inclusion of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.
‘Looking at the list of cities and capitals backing Formula E and the electric movement, it’s the longest and most comprehensive calendar to date.’
London will conclude the season with an ePrix double-header on July 25-26, 2020 at a new circuit at the ExCel centre.
Next season, Porsche and Mercedes will join the paddock meaning 10 out of 12 of the teams will be major car manufacturers
The 2.4km track will feature a unique indoor stadium section as well as taking in the waterfront of the Royal Docks.
Formula E, which is based in Britain, left the UK after residents in Battersea complained about disruption to the local area, with more than 50,000 spectators attended the event.
The news comes two days after the British government announced new legislation to reduce carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050.
The announcement, which will see plans to reduce, avoid and even offset emissions from transport as well as homes, farming and industry, was made with a Formula E car parked outside No 10 Downing Street.
In addition to new city circuits, the sixth season of Formula E will see the inclusion of Mercedes and Porsche to the paddock.
They join manufacturers including BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Nissan who already field teams, ensuring Formula E will boast the most manufacturers of any motorsport.
Formula E is currently broadcast on the BBC and on YouTube, and it will remain free-to-air next season, as Longo confirmed to Sportsmail last month.
‘We will stay free-to-air,’ Longo said at the BMW i Berlin ePrix.
‘It was one of our targets from the beginning. Creating this brand from scratch was very challenging, and we’re only halfway there.
‘We know we need to do a lot of work but the reality is we base all our strategy on being free-to-air and I think that is the right approach.
‘We’re in over 200 countries at the moment being broadcasted and 90 per cent of them are free to air. We want to keep that strategy for many years.’
Full calendar here: https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/2019-20-season-calendar-revealed
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