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Flag of Berlin Berlin E-Prix
Berlin E-Prix Poster 2019
E-Prix Details
Name BMW i Berlin E-Prix
Location Flag of Germany Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany
No. Held 6
Circuit Flag of Berlin Tempelhofring
Previous Circuits Flag of Berlin Tempelhof Airport Circuit
Flag of Berlin Karl-Marx-Allee Circuit
First Race Flag of Germany 2015 Berlin ePrix
Last Race Flag of Germany 2019 Berlin E-Prix
Only Race unknown
Most Recent Results
Name Flag of Germany 2019 BMW i Berlin E-Prix
Pole Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi {{{qualifying}}}
First Second Third
Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi {{{{{natsecond}}}}} unknown {{{{{natthird}}}}} unknown
Fastest lap Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi {{{fastestlap}}}

The Berlin E-Prix is an annual motorsports event that serves as a round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, having been staged since the inaugural 2014/15 season.[1] Usually held at the Tempelhofring, a temporary street circuit in the legendary Tempelhof airport, Berlin has hosted six E-Prix, making it the most staged E-Prix in FE history.[2]

City History

Berlin was first settled in 1192, when the earliest evidence of settlement in the city can be found.[3] The city itself was established in 1237, with two towns that gradually merged together over the thirteenth century.[3] Berlin became the capital of the local region in the fifteenth century, before becoming the basis of power in Prussia in the seventeenth century.[3] The German Empire was later centred on Berlin in 1871, with city remaining as the capital after the second world war (for both the Federal and People's Republics of Germany) and the reunified Germany formed in 1989.[3]

Formula E History

Berlin was announced as a host city as part of the original, provisional, calendar on the 11 July 2013, as the penultimate round of the season.[4] The inclusion of Moscow in early 2015 meant that Berlin was moved to the eighth round, and pushed a week forward to allow enough time to get the equipment to Russia in time.[4]

Circuit History

Berlin Layout

Tempelhof Airport's original layout.

The circuit was revealed on the 24 February, 2015, with the ePrix itself held on the 23 May.[5] Having raced around Tempelhof Airport, sight of the legendary Berlin Airlift, Jérôme d'Ambrosio became the first winner of the Berlin ePrix, after Lucas di Grassi was excluded from the result after using an illegal front wing.[6]

Allee Alterations

After the Refugee Crisis of 2016 saw Tempelhof turned into a refugee centre, a new area for the Berlin ePrix was needed.[7] Karl-Marx-Allee was proposed, and quick and effective negotiations saw a new circuit constructed in the heart of Berlin, with the new circuit approved by the FIA and all eighteen drivers.[7] Victory went to Sébastien Buemi, who battled his way to victory, while title rival Lucas di Grassi had to battle up to the podium from eighth.[8]

Tempelhof Temptations

Tempelhof Airport would return as host of the Berlin ePrix for the 2016/17 season, with a brand new layout proposed to better suit the series.[9] It would also be the first time that Berlin hosted two races as part of a single Formula E campaign, after the first proposed Brussels ePrix was cancelled after issues organising a venue.[10]

Circuit Layout

The Berlin ePrix circuit features seventeen corners over a distance of 2.47 km (1.53 mi), held inside the "apron" of Tempelhof Airport in the centre of Berlin.[4] Containing a mixture of hairpins, chicanes and long sweeping corners, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E was pushed to its limits, as were the drivers.[1]

Karl-Marx-Allee Circuit

Berlin Layout 2016

The Karl-Marx-Allee attempt at an ePrix.

The Karl-Marx-Allee Circuit would be a different take on circuit design, with three hairpin turns centred around a round-about at the end of Karl-Marx-Allee.[7] The pits were down a separate road, entry and exit either side of the turn one hairpin, with the lap running anti-clockwise around central Berlin.[7]

Tempelhofring 2017

A whole new circuit layout was proposed for Tempelhof Airport's return in 2017, with fewer corners but very few straights of note.[11]

Records

A full list of records for the Berlin E-Prix is outlined below, including a list of race winners.

Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners of the Berlin E-Prix:

Berlin E-Prix Winners List
Season Name Circuit Date Winner Report
2014/15 Flag of Germany 2015 Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix Tempelhof Airport Circuit 23 May 2015 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Report
2015/16 Flag of Germany 2016 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix Karl-Marx-Allee 21 May 2016 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Report
2016/17 Flag of Germany 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix I Tempelhofring 10 June 2017 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Report
2016/17 Flag of Germany 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix II Tempelhofring 11 June 2017 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Report
2017/18 Flag of Germany 2018 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix[12] Tempelhofring 19 May 2018 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Report
2018/19 Flag of Germany 2019 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix II Tempelhofring 25 May 2019[13] Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Report
2019/20 Flag of Germany 2020 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix Tempelhofring 30 May 2020[2] Report

References

Videos and Images:

  • fiaformulae, 'Morning everybody! Who's winning today? #BerlinEPrix #ABBFormulaE #racing #motorsport', instagram.com, (Instagram: FIA Formula E, 2019), https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx3_olLlG0N/, (Accessed 20/09/2019)

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'Circuit guide: Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2015-berlin.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 '2019/20 calendar revealed: London and Seoul star in sixth Formula E campaign', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/2019-20-season-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 14/06/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 'Berlin', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 02/07/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Berlin revealed as tenth host city for FIA Formula E Championship', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/07/2013), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2013/july/berlin-revealed-as-tenth-host-city-for-fia-formula-e-championship.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  5. 'Circuit unveiled for Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/02/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/february/circuit-unveiled-for-formula-e-dhl-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  6. 'Di Grassi excluded from DHL Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/05/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/di-grassi-excluded-from-dhl-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 11/06/2015)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 'New central location for Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/02/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/february/new-central-location-for-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2016)
  8. 'Buemi win cuts di Grassi's lead to just one point', fiaformula.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/buemi-win-cuts-di-grassi-s-lead-to-just-one-point/, (Accessed 21/05/2016)
  9. 'Berlin ePrix reverts to Tempelhof Airport', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/02/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/february/berlin-eprix-reverts-to-tempelhof-airport/, (Accessed 10/02/2017)
  10. 'All-new track as Berlin double header replaces Brussels ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/all-new-track-as-berlin-double-header-replaces-brussels-eprix/, (Accessed 10/03/2017)
  11. 'All-new track as Berlin double header replaces Brussels ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/all- new-track-as-berlin-double-header-replaces-brussels-eprix/, (Accessed 10/03/2017)
  12. 'BMW i increases ties with Formula E as race title partner in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bmw-i-increases-ties-with-formula-e-as-race-title-partner-in-berlin/, (Accessed 17/04/2018)
  13. 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5', info.fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/06/2018), http://info.fiaformulae.com/season-5-calendar/, (Accessed 07/06/2018)
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