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Formula E to resume live racing in August with six-race championship series

Formula E, which was forced to suspend its season due to the corona crisis, will resume racing in August, at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport. A series of six races in nine days will decide the winner of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Each pair of races will use a different track configuration.

Strict safety measures will be taken, and unfortunately that seems to mean no live audience. Racing will take place behind closed doors—only competitors and essential staff will travel to the event. As per German government guidelines, there will be a maximum number of 1,000 people on site, including local suppliers, medical crews, and a staff of 20 for each Formula E team. Health precautions will include coronavirus testing prior to the races, as well as daily screening. Formula E will also enforce the use of face masks and social distancing.

Formula E had completed five races before the break. DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa topped the standings, only 11 points ahead of Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans. Da Costa will be looking to seal his first Formula E title, promoting him onto the champions’ roll of honor.

“Since taking action to suspend our season in March, we have emphasised a revised calendar which places the health and safety of our community first, represents Formula E’s distinct brand of city centre racing and offers an exciting conclusion to the compelling season of racing we had seen so far,” said Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle. “We’re heading to Berlin Tempelhof, a venue that our teams, drivers and fans love. The nine-day festival will feature three track layouts, presenting a new challenge and creating the conditions for an unpredictable and drama-filled climax to our season.”

Source: Formula E

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