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Formula E will resume with Berlin double headers

The 2019-20 Formula E championship will conclude with three double-headers held at Tempelhof, Berlin.

After five races in four countries, the season was suspended on 13 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The series first confirmed it would be suspended for two months, before later confirming June would also be a ‘red flag’ month, meaning no racing would take place.

Racing will resume on 5th August with the first of three consecutive double-headers in Berlin.

Each double header event will take place on a different layout on the former airport apron, which the FIA believes will “[ensure] the sporting interest remains unchanged”.

“An unprecedented sporting event, this season showdown confirms the undeniable ability of the ABB FIA Formula E championship to come up with innovative solutions,” the FIA said in a statement.

“Getting back on track will also contribute to restart the economy of the motorsport industry, something eagerly anticipated by all stakeholders, and provide much-needed entertainment for our viewers who have been starved of action for several months.

“With the agreement of the German health authorities, and in order to ensure a safe return to competition, all three double-headers will be held behind closed doors. Similarly, the various parties involved have come up with amicable arrangements to coordinate their operations, so as to reduce the number of people working on the ground and ensure that no more than a thousand people are on site at any time.

“The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority number one, with the FIA and Formula E having a robust and detailed plan to ensure races maintain the highest level of safety with strict social distancing procedures in place.

“To avoid any large gatherings, most of the meetings – such as the administrative checks, driver and team manager briefings and stewards’ hearings – will be held remotely via video conference.”

The first double-header will take place on the Wednesday and Thursday of the first week in August, with the second occurring that weekend.

The 2019-20 season will conclude with the third double-header the following Wednesday and Thursday, where the teams’ and drivers’ championships will be decided.

Bethonie Waring

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