London will return to ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar after a three-season absence, scheduled for July 2020 and will become the new season finale for Season 6.
Previously held at Battersea Park, the double round, scheduled for 25 and 26 July, 2020, will move to the ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre in Custom House, East London as part of a multi-year agreement to host the London ePrix.
The new 2.4km long circuit (subject to FIA homologation) will feature 23 corners and will see parts of the circuit run through the covered sections of the exhibition space, including the start / finish straight.
Formula E’s founder and CEO Alejandro Agag has said the return of a London Formula E round has been a top priority for the series.
“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK,” said Agag. “Every motorsport series would love to host an event in London – this has been our desire for quite some time now and we’re delighted to have found a new home in the Royal Docks at ExCeL London.
“We have a growing base of knowledgeable and passionate fans in the UK, and this race adds to a fantastic summer of sport as a world-class event we hope Londoners can be proud of.”
Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Agag stressed the importance of having a Formula E race in London, which is home to Formula E operations as well as a home base for many race teams.
“We have to have a race in London,” said Agag. “It’s like being Real Madrid and not playing in Madrid.
“This is the priority for us. We look at our manufacturers and teams and say ‘where to do you want us to organise a race’ and they all say London, so for us it’s the big priority.
“We are a London company so this is our home – this is where Formula E was created.
“We had Battersea for two years, it was nice but it was not the best location. We could have probably pushed more to stay at Battersea.
“The council wanted us to stay, but there was a small group of residents that was complaining.
“We started looking for a new location. Sadly it’s taken too long to find one but I think we have one.”
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