London Formula E plans confirmed

With planning approval having been granted, the last leg of the first season of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has been confirmed for Battersea Park.

“Discussions for our London Formula E race have been many months in the planning so we’re delighted to be awarded planning approval by Wandsworth Council," commented Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.

"Our thanks must go to all the parties involved for their hard work and co-operation, especially Mayor Boris Johnson, Wandsworth Council and the various stakeholder groups with interests in the location.

The race was originally slated to take place June 27 as the tenth and final race of the campaign. However, the London event has now evolved into a double header which will take place on June 27 and June 28.

“Having two races in London – the final two of the season – was an option we discussed at length with Wandsworth Council and means that London could well be where the inaugural champion is crowned, making it a fantastic spectacle for the city and a great platform to showcase sustainable mobility and clean energy," explained Agag.

"We will now begin preparations for bringing urban electric racing to London but of course that means working closely with all parties and local residents’ groups to ensure that we remain sympathetic to all park users.”

The 15-turn, 2.92km circuit was designed by Formula E’s London Event Team in partnership with British architect Simon Gibbons, and the initial reaction to the circuit is positive.

"The track is in the beautiful Battersea Park, right next to the River Thames, just across from Chelsea and with some of the most famous features of London’s skyline in the background," said Virgin Racing's British driver Sam Bird.

"The layout itself seems to combine fast straights, a couple of high-speed bends, as well as some challenging chicanes and braking zones. I think the London ePrix spectators will be treated to some close, fast racing with plenty of action and overtaking. The organisers have done a good job with this layout and I can’t wait to race there, in front of my home crowd!"