Formula E: FE returns to the streets of London with bumper calendar changes

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Formula E, the all-electric racing series, is set to host more races than ever before in a single season with a double-header in London announced for Season 7, as the championship finalises its calendar for 2021.

The lineup now consists of 15 races in eight cities, covering three continents, with London returning to the calendar for the first time since Battersea Park in 2016.

It’s the home race for many of the drivers, including Jaguar driver Sam Bird, NIO 333’s Oliver Turvey and Nissan E.Dams teammates Oliver Rowland and Alexander Sims.

The park played host to the season finale double-headers in 2015 and 2016. However, complaints from local residents in the area forced it off the calendar. There were hopes for FE to return to London in 2020 at the ExCel exhibition centre, but those plans were halted due to COVID-19.

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The London race will be the first time that an FIA-sanctioned championship has ever taken place in and around the streets of London, with Crystal Palace hosting non-championship races in Formula One almost half a century ago, racing around the city’s iconic Royal Docks and ExCeL exhibition centre.

The city of Puebla will make its debut across 19-20 June while the usual home of the Mexican round, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, remains in use as a COVID hospital. The championship then heads to the Red Hook area of New York across 10-11 July, while London’s return will be over 24-25 July.

Co-founder and chief championship officer for Formula E Alberto Longo said: “It’s a massive achievement by all to release the full calendar for this season.

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“The calendar includes the most races we’ve held in one season and shows our continued commitment to create a momentum-building schedule that fans and audiences across the world will follow.

“Four double-header events in Puebla, New York City, London and Berlin are going to set the scene perfectly to crown Formula E’s first official FIA World Champion.”

Formula E heads to Valencia this weekend for rounds 5 and 6 of the championship. with Bird leading the way, eager for his maiden FE title.

The series then heads to Monaco two weeks ahead of Formula 1’s Grand Prix, then moves on to Puebla, NYC and London, with the season finale in Berlin in August.

The Marrakesh E-Prix and Santiago E-Prix, scheduled for May 22 and June 5 & 6 respectively, have been removed from the calendar this season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Events in Santiago, Sanya and Seoul will be rescheduled for Season 8, with fans in attendance.

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