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Six races in Berlin to finish Formula E season

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The 2019-20 ABB Formula E Championship will restart in August after series organisers agreed a plan to hold six final races at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.

All six races will take place over just a nine day period, with three sets of double header races taking place on August the 5/6th, 8/9th and 12/13th.

Due to the open layout of the Tempelhof, each set of back-to-back races will take place on a different layout in order to provide some variation over the final rounds.

DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa currently leads the driver’s championship, but Mitch Evans, Alexander Sims and Maximilian Gunther are all within one race win of his tally.

With only five races having taken place this season it means more than half of the championship will be fought for in Berlin, but Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle said these plans would deliver a “festival of racing” that prioritised the health and safety of the teams and personnel attending the race.

Reigle commented, “Since taking action to suspend our season in March, we have emphasised a revised calendar which places the health and safety of our community first, represents Formula E’s distinct brand of city-centre racing and offers an exciting conclusion to the compelling season of racing we had seen so far.

“We’re heading to Berlin Tempelhof, a venue that our teams, drivers and fans love, to stage a nine-day festival of racing with three back-to-back double-headers.

“The team at Formula E has been working incredibly hard over the past weeks to enable us to go racing again in Berlin.

“I’d like to thank the FIA, our manufacturers, teams and partners for their continued support, the city of Berlin for their cooperation and flexibility and our fans for their patience.”

As with other major sporting events the races will take place behind closed doors, with no fans allowed to attend, and in line with German guidelines there will be a maximum of 1,000 people at the track at any one time.

There will also be mandatory testing for the Coronavirus, on-site screening every day, and the use of face masks and social distancing will be enforced.

Organisers of the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy will also complete its championship in Berlin, but with seven rounds taking place over the same period.

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