Formula E to race indoors in London in 2020
Formula E will return to London in 2020 with a double-header weekend which will see racing inside and outside of an exhibition centre.
The circuit’s main straight will be located inside ExCeL London, before winding outside through the Royal Docks.
Despite being only 2.4km long, organisers are counting 23 corners on the clockwise layout, while pit lane will be situated outside the building on the edge of the dock.
The deal with ExCeL is a multi-year agreement which sees it become the second Formula E venue in Britain after Battersea Park hosted the championship in the capital in its first two seasons.
“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
“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 in the Royal Docks at ExCeL London.
“We have a growing base of knowledgeable and passionate fans in the UK, and this race adds to a fantastic summer of sport as a world-class event we hope Londoners can be proud of.
“Formula E coming back to the UK extends beyond pure racing excitement, it’s also a strong message for London to tackle inner-city air pollution by promoting clean technologies and electric sustainable mobility.”
ExCeL London CEO, Jeremy Rees said, “It’s an honour to welcome the world’s first ever indoor and outdoor race to ExCeL London and the Royal Docks.
“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.”
Subject to circuit homologation and approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the races are set to round out the European phase of the 2019/20 season on July 25-26.
Race 5 of the current season will be run Hong Kong this Sunday.