The FIA Formula E Championship makes a welcome return to the streets of London for the double-header season finale.
When Formula E was launched in 2014 the general perception was that it was destined to fail. And with good reason – the technology was in its relative infancy and virtually unexplored in motorsport. The cars were slow and battery sizes so limited that drivers had to use two cars per race! But since then the car world has pivoted hugely towards electrification with Formula E representing the future – the future of motorsport, the car industry and possibly the wider world in general.
The big change for Formula E’s sixth season is the arrival of heavyweight brands Porsche and Mercedes-Benz at the party, expanding the field to maximum 24 cars for the first time.
And for Britain, the other big news is the return of London to the calendar, but using a new circuit in the historical London docklands. Consisting of 20 corners, the unique track layout will see the cars going head-to-head along the Thames waterfront and weaving their way both inside and outside of ExCel London.
London hosts the Championship Finale Double Header as both Saturday and Sunday mirror each other in terms of track action with Practice, Qualifying and the penultimate and final race of the season.