Mayor of London to drive Formula E car at series finale

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Organizers of the FIA Formula E series finale in London have confirmed that city mayor Boris Johnson will try his hand at one of the cars in a show run at Battersea Park.

The inaugural season of the electric-powered championship will come to a close with a double-header round in London next weekend after a solid first season of activity.

As part of the action, Johnson, who has been Mayor of London since 2008 and was recently elected to UK parliament, will get behind the wheel of the Formula E show car.

“Keen cyclist Johnson will drive the 270bhp Spark-Renault SRT_01E around the purpose-built Battersea Park track ahead of the double-header season finale,” a statement from Formula E read.

“The Mayor has been an enthusiastic supporter of getting the all-electric racing series to race in London, the first major single-seater event in the British capital since 1972.”

Johnson won’t be the first politician to get behind the wheel of a single-seater, though. Russian president Vladimir Putin tried out a Renault F1 car five years ago in a promotional stunt for the grand prix in Sochi, which was first held in 2014.