ABB FIA FORMULA E RETURNS TO THE CAPITAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to electric racing in London this weekend.
For the first time since the London E-Prix in 2016, Formula E is set to return to the unique streets of London this weekend (July 24&25) for the penultimate double-header for the Heineken London E-Prix Round 12 and 13.
Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) heads to London as the current leader of the Driver’s Standings after having a magnificent achievement led the race from light to flag in the Round 11 New York City E-Prix. The victory in The Big Apple sends him back to step on the podium for the first time since Round 3 in Rome, and the Brit will be the man with the target on his back to take victory on home soil this weekend.
In the standings, Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) are tied for the same points and just five points away from the leader. Challenge is on as both of them are ready to hunt for first place in the London E-Prix double-header race. Frijns is fully positive after earning double points in New York City and helped to ensure Envision Virgin Racing team on top heading into their home E-Prix.
Henceforward, the top six in the Driver’s Standings are separated by only 13 points. In terms of statistics, it puts everyone from the leader, Sam Bird, to the 15th-placed Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) worth of points in a single round with the full 25 points in a single race win, plus bonus points for topping Group Qualifying and setting the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap.
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Formula E returns to the UK Capital after marked more than five years (1,847 days) after raced around Battersea Park in Seasons 1 and 2. This time, Formula E is heading to East London’s historic docklands and the ExCeL exhibition centre-host of a history-making double-header as the first international race series to race on a never-before-seen indoor/outdoor circuit that has been designed by British architect Simon Gibbons in collaboration with the FIA and Motorsport UK.
“It’s fantastic to have London back on the calendar for this season,” Race Director Oli McCrudden said. “We’ve had a London-shaped hole setting in our calendar! We’re able to race indoors because we’re an electric racing series, we don’t have internal combustion or the exhaust noise that other championships have.”
“The circuit’s 2.2 kilometres long, 22 corners and we’re taking a track from outside, through a car park up access ramp and into the South Hall of the centre. We’ve developed some key technology to enable us to do and it’s not been an easy challenge. Some of the bigger street circuits in the world take months to build and we simply don’t have the luxury of that time.”
“We will pop up a race track over the weekend and get it away so that we’re not impacting the lives of citizens. The aim of the game was always to make sure that when the fans left they would be saying it was the most spectacular thing they’d ever seen.”
“It looks really cool - it’s very tight and twisty coming in and out of the ExCeL arena, which is unlike any other race that’s happened before,” Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn said. “There are so many questions, what visor you’re going to have with the indoor/outdoor switch and the different lighting conditions, if it’s wet outside and then dry inside, then what setup are you going to put on the car? In Formula E you never really know what’s going to happen until the lights go out.”
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Sam Bird, Jake Dennis, Oliver Rowland, Alex Lynn, Alexander Sims, Oliver Turvey, and Tom Blomqvist are the seven among 24 drivers competing on their home soil, hoping for a podium finish. Sam Bird, the championship leader, has won his home race in 2015.
Meanwhile, two British teams - Jaguar Racing and Envision Virgin Racing - will compete for the points on home turf event, while both Mahindra Racing and NIO 333 teams with all-British driver lineups.
This weekend’s schedule will be a bit different, with Practice 1 will begin on Friday at 1700 local time. Each day will continue with one practice session on Saturday and Sunday before the Qualifying, Super Pole, and the E-Prix. Don’t miss out on this weekend’s races in London E-Prix, which will feature a new mega track layout in history, with Round 12 on July 24 at 1503 local time and Round 13 on July 25 at 1404 local time.