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Flag of London Battersea Park Street Circuit
London Layout
Circuit Details
Name Formula E Visa London ePrix
Location Flag of the United Kingdom Battersea Park, London, UK
Length 2.925 km (1.818 mi)
Corners 17
First Race Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 London ePrix I
Last Race Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 London ePrix II
Only Race unknown
Circuit Records
Fastest Lap Qualifying Wins
1:22.033 1:24.152 2
Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nicolas Prost

The Battersea Park Street Circuit is a former temporary street circuit in Battersea Park, London, UK, that hosted four London E-Prix during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 editions of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.[1] The Battersea Park Circuit would see both Nelson Piquet Jr. and Sébastien Buemi crowned as Champions, although it was ultimately removed from the calendar after complaints from the local population ahead of the 2016 ePrix.[2]

Battersea Park was eventually replaced as the host of the London E-Prix by the ExCeL E-Prix Circuit during the 2019/20 season.[3]

Formula E History

Battersea Park was first proposed as a host of the FIA Formula E Championship after a deal was reached between London city officials and Formula E Holdings ahead of the 2014/15 season.[4] Wandsworth Council duly entered negotiations to form the circuit itself, with a plan to use Battersea Park approved on 19 February 2015.[4] Simon Gibbons led the circuit design, with the paths around Battersea Park used to form the circuit.[4]

Circuit History

Battersea Park's maiden FE weekend would see complaints about the bumpiness of the circuit, with a suspension failure for Jérôme d'Ambrosio during practice a major talking point.[5] Indeed, the first corner would be modified ahead of the first London ePrix, resulting in the race starting behind the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car.[5] That race was won by Sébastien Buemi, before Sam Bird claimed victory in the second race.[6] That latter race would also see Nelson Piquet Jr. claim the first FE Championship with a series of late overtakes.[6]

The circuit was unchanged for the two London ePrix staged in 2016, although the entire weekend was in doubt through to early June.[2] Indeed, the local residents had formed a group to resist the race, naming themselves the Battersea Park Action Group, and were determined to prevent the races from being staged at all.[2] Fortunately a deal between FE and BPAG was reached before the 2016 London ePrix, although the series would be forced to leave Battersea for good at the end of the weekend.[2]

Both of the 2016 London ePrix would be won by Nicolas Prost, as his teammate Buemi claimed the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship crown.[7][8]

Circuit Layouts

Dario Franchitti's guide to Battersea

Dario Franchitti's guide to Battersea

The official circuit guide to the Battersea Park Street Circuit.

A lap of the Battersea Park Street Circuit began with a sweeping pair of corners, a left-right combination before the field hit the brakes to take turn three, a sharp left.[9] A short straight followed before the field weaved through a pair of chicanes, a left-right combo followed by a right-left, split by a short straight.[9] Another short blast followed before the field came into turn eight, a left hand hairpin.[9]

A weaving "straight" follows turn eight, before a right-left flick forms turns nine and ten to break up the back section of the circuit.[9] Another "straight" follows before the turn eleven/twelve chicane, a left-right combo, before the field sweep through turn thirteen, a long left curve.[9] Turns fourteen/fifteen/sixteen form a tight chicane, before a short blast to the tight turn seventeen, a 90° left that carries the field back onto the start/finish straight.[9]

The pitlane entry was found on the exit of turn sixteen, while pit-out was located on the exit of turn seventeen.[9]

Records

A full list of records for the Battersea Park Street Circuit are outlined below, including a list of race winners.

Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held at the Battersea Park Street Circuit:

Battersea Park Street Circuit Winners List
Season Event Date Winner Report
2014/15 Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 Visa London ePrix I 27 July 2015[4] Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[5] Report
2014/15 Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 Visa London ePrix II 28 July 2015[4] Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird[6] Report
2015/16 Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 Visa London ePrix I 2 July 2016[1] Flag of France Nicolas Prost[7] Report
2015/16 Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 Visa London ePrix II 3 July 2016[1] Flag of France Nicolas Prost[8] Report

Race-by-Race Records

The race-by-race records for the Battersea Park Street Circuit are outlined below:

Battersea Park Street Circuit Race-by-Race Records
Event Qualifying Fastest Lap Winner
Driver Time Driver Time Driver Time
Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 Visa London ePrix I Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1:24.648 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 1:28.239 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 47:54.784
Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 Visa London ePrix II Flag of France Stéphane Sarrazin 1:23.901 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 1:26.790 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 45:48.792
Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 Visa London ePrix I Flag of France Nicolas Prost 1:23.237 Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 1:25.783 Flag of France Nicolas Prost 53:56.653
Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 Visa London ePrix II Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1:22.033 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1:24.150 Flag of France Nicolas Prost 56:32.648

References

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'London ePrix double header confirmed for July 2/3' fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/09/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/september/london-eprix-double-header-confirmed-for-july-23.aspx, (Accessed 30/09/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'FORMULA E GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR VISA LONDON EPRIX IN BATTERSEA', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/formula-e-gets-green-light-for-visa-london-eprix-in-battersea/, (Accessed 02/07/2016)
  3. 'Register now: Formula E returns to London in 2020', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/february/london-e-prix, (Accessed 05/03/2019)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 'Rio returns as Formula E confirms inaugural calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/12/2013), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2013/december/rio-returns-as-formula-e-confirms-inaugural-calendar.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Buemi’s stroll in the park', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/buemi-wins-as-edams-renault-clinch-team-title.aspx, (Accessed 27/06/2015)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 28/06/2015)
  7. 7.0 7.1 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/prost-wins-in-style-as-di-grassi-inches-closer-to-title/, (Accessed 03/07/2016)
  8. 8.0 8.1 'BUEMI WINS TITLE AFTER SPECTACULAR FINALE: VISA FASTEST LAP ENDS UP DECIDING THE 2015/16 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/buemi-wins-title-after-spectacular-finale/, (Accessed 04/07/2016)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 ABB Formula E, 'Dario Franchitti's guide to Battersea', youtube.com, (YouTube: ABB Formula E, 27/06/2015), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjgztaf-J88, (Accessed 01/10/2019)

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