As most sports are now resuming around the world, it has now been announced that Formula E is now amongst racing sports adding to the calendar. Formula E will now restart on August 5 after a lengthy absence.
August 5 will be the first of three doubleheaders scheduled to take place in in nine days, the dates being August 5/6, 8/9 then 12/13. The six races are taken place consecutively in order to finish the season and decide the championship after only racing five races up to now. The races will take place at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and will also be behind closed doors like many other sports, only allowed essential staff entry to the track and pits. For the races, each doubleheader will use two different configurations of the track in a bid to force teams into implementing different strategy.
Vigorous testing will be implemented before and during all races in order to minimise any risk of spreading the virus further, also PPE such as face masks and social distancing will be enforced and mandatory. Due to German government guidelines, a maximum of 1,000 people are allowed onto the site during the event, including emergency services and the team's staff.
The restart of Formula E is eagerly anticipated by racing fans as the championship is wide open after 5 races, with the top four drivers separated by the number of points that are on offer each race.
In a statement, Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle commented: “Since taking action to suspend our season in March, we have emphasised a revised calendar which places the health and safety of our community first, represents Formula E’s distinct brand of city centre racing and offers an exciting conclusion to the compelling season of racing we had seen so far.”
"We’re heading to Berlin Tempelhof, a venue that our teams, drivers and fans love, to stage a nine-day festival of racing with three back-to-back double-headers.”
"The festival will feature three track layouts, presenting a new challenge and creating the conditions for an unpredictable and drama-filled climax to our season.”
Author: Bradleigh Amis