ABB FIA Formula E have announced today that the series will return to Britain’s capital city after a four year hiatus after the deal between Formula E and Battersea Park ended after the dramatic season two finale.
The new location for the race is to be London’s ExCel Centre, which hosts multiple conventions every year. The design of the circuit was also revealed as the track winds its way 2.4km in and out of the centre making it the world’s first indoor-outdoor race track.
The deal is reportedly set to be multi year, and the first race will take place on the 25th July 2020 with the season six finale taking place on the following day.
Series’ Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said, “I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK.
“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 at the ExCeL.”
“It’s an honour to welcome the world’s first ever indoor and outdoor race to ExCeL London and the Royal Docks,” said Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London.
“Events at ExCeL are thriving and London provides the perfect backdrop to host global entertainment brands, such as Formula E. We look forward to working closely with Formula E to showcase the versatility of our venue, creating a truly unique experience for teams, drivers and spectators. Hosting this event, is also closely aligned with our vision to create a more sustainable venue, in the heart of one of the most exciting destinations and best connected cities in the world.”
London born Formula E superstar Sam Bird won his home race in 2015, and was delighted at the city’s return to the calendar, “I’m absolutely delighted to learn that Formula E is once again racing in the capital in season six. To win your home race, in front of your home fans, is one of the most memorable feelings for any racing driver, so to have that opportunity again is a very exciting prospect. It’s also great news for the championship as it’s such an important market both in terms of stature, but also with so many teams, workers and fans based in the UK. I just can’t wait to race now!”