Officials have confirmed today that the final round of the inaugural FIA Formula E season in London will be a double header, with races set to be held on Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June.
The move had been rumored for some time, but has today been ratified after the local council agreed to grant planning permission for a temporary circuit around London’s Battersea Park.
The 2.92km circuit will comprise of 15 turns and ebb around the park that borders the River Thames in the heart of London. By making the London round a double header, the season now expands to 11 rounds following the addition of the Moscow ePrix.
“Discussions for our London Formula E race have been many months in the planning so we’re delighted to be awarded planning approval by Wandsworth Council,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said.
“Our thanks must go to all the parties involved for their hardwork and co-operation, especially Mayor Boris Johnson, Wandsworth Council and the various stakeholder groups with interests in the location.
“Having two races in London – the final two of the season – was an option we discussed at length with Wandsworth Council and means that London could well be where the inaugural champion is crowned, making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson was delighted to confirm that the double header would go ahead at Battersea Park.
“Formula E is set to be a superb addition to London’s sporting calendar,” Johnson said. “The atmosphere will quite literally be electric and Battersea, which is already booming with the buzz of regeneration, will be alive with the excitement that this new, world-class event will no doubt spark.”
Formula E enjoyed its first race in Beijing last September, and appears to be going from strength to strength in its debut season. After four rounds, Lucas di Grassi currently leads the championship standings, and will be hoping to extend his lead when the series hits American shores in Miami next month.