Formula E

Three Circuits for Six Races in Nine Day Season

Formula E have announced three different style circuits at Tempelhof Airport. For each double header, the circuit will switch to create new opportunities for each of the teams.

Up until now, all Formula E teams had been kept in the dark about what the Tempelhof Airport Circuit would look like for the nine days we will be racing in Berlin.

Beginning with Rounds 6 and 7, for the first time, will see an international circuit racing championship running clockwise in reverse. We will then return to the normal track layout for Rounds 8 and 9 and then finishing up with Rounds 10 and 11, will see a track extension for a more technical layout.

Formula E decided to use the three layouts to give them teams the opportunity to create certain strategies but also to provide the best conditions for the ever changing electric Motorsport series.

Formula E Sporting Director, Frederic Espinos spoke of the step the sport is taking to carry out this brand new event, “It is a huge undertaking in terms of production to set up three different configurations for this event, with fewer people on-site to be able to carry out those changes. We’re doing something that has never been seen before in world-class motorsport and it’s an example of how reactive and innovative Formula E is – it’s in our DNA”. 

Espinos continued by explaining how Formula E is the first international racing championship to be given the green light to race in reverse, as other international Motorsports have been rejected by the official governing body. He also mentioned how Formula E had to think of how changes could be made in a 24 hour window between each double header.

Seeing as Formula E is one of the most unpredictable Motorsports to date, adding the new layouts will continue to create twists and turns for the roundup of the season. “All along, we aimed to make their lives as tricky as possible in Berlin, limiting the effectiveness of their simulation work and throwing strategies up in the air. Car setups will all need to change, energy management and regen will be completely different and teams will have to think on their feet. There will be a lot for drivers and engineers to get on top of before we go green and I feel the Formula E spectacle fans are familiar with will be pushed a step further still with this additional bundle of unknowns.”

As the nine day season will be running behind close doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in compliance with German government guidelines, only 1,000 people are allowed to be on site at once. This also includes local suppliers and medical crews with each Formula E team bringing limited staff.

Much like other forms of Motorsport, key health and safety measures will be taken, including mandatory coronavirus testing prior to each race and on-site screening everyday when arriving to the track.  Formula E will also actively enforce the use of face masks, social distancing and limit movement across workspaces with clearly defined zones for different event populations.

In other Formula E News, we heard that Brendon Hartley has left the Geox Dragon team with immediate effect after only taking part in five races with the American team. Hartley is one of a handful of drivers that have held the Dragon seat, after seeing multiple changes in the last 18 months.

After hearing the exit of Hartley, a couple of names were thrown around as to who would replace him and we have now discovered that the Brazilian, Sergio Sette Camara will fill the seat for the rest of Season 6. Sette Camara had an impressive outing during the Formula E Rookie Test in Marrakesh, finishing second on the timing sheets.

“I am delighted to share the news that I will work with them again, this time in a race situation, which makes it even more special. I want to thank Jay Penske and every member of Geox Dragon for giving me this opportunity.” explains Sette Camara of the opportunity.

Jay Penske, owner and team principal of Geox Dragon and Penske Autosport said: “I have been very impressed with Sergio on track in Marrakesh, and in his work in the simulator with our engineers to continue to push the development of the Penske EV-4 package. I look forward to seeing him on track in Berlin, and I fully expect him to challenge for points in his first races with the team.”

With just two weeks to go now until the recommencement of Season 6, more news is bound to come out from many of the teams about their futures in Formula E. Don’t forget to keep checking back with Overtake Motorsport online and on our various social media pages for the latest news.

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