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Early Start Likely for Berlin E-Prix to Avoid Soccer Clash

The Berlin E-Prix could start at lunchtime to avoid a clash with the German soccer final…

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The Berlin E-Prix could have an earlier start to avoid a television clash with the German soccer final on Saturday, May 25, e-racing365 has learned.

An earlier start than the usual 4 p.m. slot has recently been discussed at sporting working group meetings although still needs to be fully signed off.

Should the change occur, it would likely result in the Free Practice sessions moved to Friday afternoon or evening, in place of their usual Saturday morning times.

The schedule changes would also affect the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY which could have its race moved to after the Formula E race, which is provisionally scheduled for 1 p.m.

Jaguar’s new support series is expected to have most of its races in the period between Formula E qualifying and race, with the eTROPHY race finishing around one hour prior to the green flag for Formula E.

A similar schedule change for the eTROPHY could also take place at Monaco.

Logistically Berlin’s Tempelhof track is one of the easier circuits for the FIA and Formula E to rearrange timetables and accommodate changes, with track time available on the Friday as a result of the circuit not using public roads.

The three German manufacturers and teams, Audi, BMW and HWA, are all known to express a desire to avoid a clash with the soccer match.

Some of last season’s Berlin E-Prix TV coverage was affected by broadcasters cutting short coverage of the race and its aftermath, in favor of the pre-show for the DFB-Pokal Cup.

Next year’s soccer final is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, less than ten miles from Tempelhof.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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