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Berlin ePrix rescued by return to Tempelhof

The fate of the Berlin ePrix has been salvaged with a return to Tempelhof Airport, which hosted the race in Season One.

After hosting the inaugural Berlin race in 2015, the disused airport became Germany’s biggest refugee camp, holding 1,300 people which led to the move to the Karl-Marx Allee.

However, after local authorities removed the city landmark as a Formula E venue, the series was forced to look elsewhere, with even the potential of having to cancel the race.

“Motorsport with electric motors is an advertisement for innovative technologies and sustainable urban mobility,” said Michael Müller, the governing mayor of Berlin.

“Electromobility is the key to environmentally friendly transport in the cities of the 21st century, including Berlin. I am therefore delighted that Formula E continues to take place here.

A revised version of the circuit will be used for the race, currently scheduled for June 10, which is due to be unveiled shortly.

As tickets have already been sold for the ePrix, fans who bought grandstand tickets will be moved to the Category 1 grandstand at the new venue, and will also be given a pit walk on the day of the race as compensation.

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Chris is one of the graduates of a new blogging era of journalism. Moving from that to fully blown websites, covering Formula One and Formula E, has seen him become an FIA accredited journalist. He also podcasts with various websites.

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