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Circuit Details
Name Tempelhofring
Location Flag of Germany Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany
Length 2.375 km (1.476 mi)
Corners 10
First Race Flag of Germany 2017 Berlin ePrix I
Last Race Flag of Germany 2019 Berlin E-Prix
Only Race unknown
Circuit Records
Fastest Lap Qualifying Wins
1:09.357 1:07.295 1
Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi

The Tempelhofring is a temporary street circuit established within Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany, that is used to host the Berlin E-Prix as a round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.[1] First used in 2015 as the Tempelhof Airport Circuit, the current layout of the Tempelhofring was established in 2017, and has since hosted four E-Prix.[2]

Formula E History

Tempelhof Airport was first proposed as a potential host of the Berlin E-Prix ahead of the inaugural 2014/15 season, with a plan to use the defunct airport approved by the local council in late 2014.[3] The first circuit design was penned by Rodrigo Nunes and christened the Tempelhof Airport Circuit, and would feature a hefty seventeen corners.[3] The circuit was also found to be particularly bumpy due to the concrete surface that formed the former runway, although did feature a fair amount of run-off areas.[3]

Circuit History

The first 2015 Berlin ePrix saw Jérôme d'Ambrosio claim victory, inheriting the win from Lucas di Grassi.[4] For 2016, however, Tempelhof would be unable to host the race, after the German government opted to use the airport as a shelter for refugees during the 2016 Refugee Crisis.[5] The Berlin ePrix hence moved to a new circuit in Karl-Marx-Alley, before FE secured a new deal to return to Tempelhof for the 2017 race.[1]

The return of the Tempelhofring brought about a new circuit design, although this was later revised again to re-position the pitlane and add a kink into one of the corners.[6] The new layout proved popular on its debut, and would be retained for the subsequent Berlin E-Prix in 2018 through to 2020.[2]

Circuit Layouts

There have been two official circuit layouts used at the Tempelhofring.

Tempelhof Airport Circuit (2015)

Berlin Layout

Tempelhof Airport's original layout.

A lap of the Tempelhof Airport Circuit began with a reasonably open right-hand hairpin, bringing the field out from under the Terminal canopy.[3] A small straight with a kink formed turn two, before a tighter hairpin formed turn three.[3] Another short straight followed before the field entered turn four, a left-hand hairpin, before weaving their way through an extended turn five to hit the brakes for turn six, another left-hand hairpin-esque corner.[3]

Turn seven appeared as an open left-hander, before turns eight and nine ran together to form a multi-apex right hand sweep.[3] A short straight followed before the field hit the brakes for turn ten, a left-hand hairpin, followed by a kink to form turn eleven.[3] Turns twelve and thirteen formed a tight right-left chicane that brought the field back under the terminal canopy.[3]

Another chicane, this time a left-right combination followed to form turns fourteen and fifteen, before another right-left chicane brought the field back onto the start/finish straight.[3] Pit-in was located on the outside of turn sixteen.

Tempelhofring (2017 - Present)

The revised layout for the Tempelhofring began once again with the field close to the Terminal building, although the long-curving start/finish "straight" does not pass under the canopy.[6] The field subsequently hits the brakes for the first corner, a long, open, left-hand corner that runs through almost 270°, which is instantly followed by a tight 90° right.[6] Another 90° right follows to form three, before the field blast through the Allianz eVillage, passing directly under the eVillage's tent.[6]

After blasting through the fans the field hit the brakes to take turn four, a hairpin-esque left, before a kink at turn five carries the field onto the long back-straight.[6] A small kink towards the end of the straight forms the entry to turn six, providing multiple lines through the left-hand hairpin, before a long curve tightens to form turn seven, another left.[6] Turn eight follows as little more than a right-hand kink, before the field charge into turn nine, a right-hand hairpin.[6]

A curving "straight" follows out of turn nine, before an open left-hand hairpin forms turn ten, bringing the field back onto the start/finish straight.[6] The Attack Mode activation point is found on the outside of turn six, while pit-in is found on the inside of turn ten.[6]

Records

A full list of records for the Tempelhofring are outlined below, including a list of race winners.

Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held at the Tempelhofring:

Tempelhofring Winners List
Tempelhof Airport Circuit (2015)
Season Event Date Winner Report
2014/15 Flag of Germany 2015 Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix 23 May 2015 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Report
Tempelhofring (2017 - Present)
Season Event Date Winner Report
2016/17 Flag of Germany 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix I 10 June 2017 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Report
2016/17 Flag of Germany 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix II 11 June 2017 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Report
2017/18 Flag of Germany 2018 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix[7] 19 May 2018 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Report
2018/19 Flag of Germany 2019 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix 25 May 2019[8] Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Report
2019/20 Flag of Germany 2020 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix 30 May 2020[2] Report

Race-by-Race Records

The race-by-race records for the Tempelhofring are outlined below:

Tempelhofring Race-by-Race Records
Tempelhof Airport Circuit (2015)
Event Qualifying Fastest Lap Winner Report
Driver Time Driver Time Driver Time
Flag of Germany 2015 Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 1:21.547 Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 1:24.345 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 48:26.566 Report
Tempelhofring (2017 - Present)
Event Qualifying Fastest Lap Winner Report
Driver Time Driver Time Driver Time
Flag of Germany 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix I Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 1:08.312 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 1:10.224 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 53:19.661 Report
Flag of Germany 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix II Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 1:08.208 Flag of Germany Maro Engel 1:09.509 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 56:02.155 Report
Flag of Germany 2018 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix Flag of Germany Daniel Abt 1:09.472 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt 1:12.409 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt 55:35.546 Report
Flag of Germany 2019 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1:07.295 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 1:09.357 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 47:02.477 Report

References

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 '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)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 '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 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 '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)
  4. '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)
  5. '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)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 '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)
  7. '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)
  8. '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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