Now a mainstay on the Formula E calendar, the sport returns to the German capital for another electrifying race this May.
The Berlin track has changed over the years, starting at Tempelhof airport, and moving to a street circuit along Karl-Marx-Allee for Season 2. The track has returned to the Flughafen Tempelhof circuit ever since, a specially designed circuit at the airport just a few miles south of the city centre. The track has changed over the seasons, reducing the number of turns and re-profiling the layout as the Formula E racers have become quicker and more efficient. The airport location is likely to mean the track will be slightly wider than other races on the calendar, leaving the drivers a little more margin for error.
About the circuit
Every track on the Formula E roster has its quirks, and the Tempelhof circuit is no different.
The concrete surface here is particularly abrasive. On the very first turn, a long straight leading into one of the longest corners of the season necessitates simultaneous heavy braking and turning. This generates high g-forces in both transverse and longitudinal directions on the tyres, leading to some serious heating. During the race thermal management will be crucial to maintain performance.
Turn 9 provides the best chance for overtaking on the track. With two longer straights leading in and out of it, and a variety of possible driving lines preventing natural blocking, we should see some really interesting overtaking maneuvers here.
Last season’s race provided EMOTION club ticket holders with seats inside a tunnel the track goes through, and there is every indication this will be available again this year. The structure provides fans with unbelievably close views of the race. If there was ever time to splash out and upgrade your ticket, now’s the time!
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