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Future German E-Prix Options Discussed

Piquet and Engel suggest a second German E-Prix or switch to a city center circuit…

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An additional ABB FIA Formula E Championship race in Germany or a move away from the current location at Tempelhof to a city center track would be well-received, according to Maro Engel and Nelson Piquet Jr.

Both drivers think that Germany is a key location for the series which, by Season Six, will have four manufacturers racing against each other in Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

“A second race [in Germany] would be fantastic, the appetite is there,” Engel told e-racing365.

“It is great to know that, from what I have heard, it was a sell out last weekend. So obviously the German public is more than interested in Formula E.

“I think that Germany is a very important automotive market, both from a consumer and constructor point of view, so it would be great to have a second race here.”

Engel stated that the current venue at Tempelhof was popular but that a city center race would likely be better received.

“In terms of a city center or a location like here [Tempelhof Airport], there are pros and cons,” said the Venturi driver.

“This place is obviously full of history which is a special place to come to and I think it will provide a race that enables good overtaking which is not always so easy in city centres.

“On the other hand, obviously, city centers is the DNA of Formula E.

“I think this mixture is good, but if the organizers were to have another race [in Germany], it would be nice to have it in the city centre.”

Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Piquet would like to see the current German race move back in to the city center.

The second Berlin E-Prix took place along the Alexanderplatz area of the German capital in May 2016.

The Brazilian, who was born in Heidelberg, Germany, believes that the DNA of Formula E being street racing should stand for future events.

“I prefer street tracks to the airfield track to be honest,” Piquet Jr. told e-racing365.

“Not that this is a bad area [Tempelhof] and it makes it is easier for us as there isn’t the same chaos as being located in the middle of a town or city.

“That said, street tracks are what we are made to race on, so I would like to be back in the city center.”

Piquet was ambivalent about a possible second German race in the future but broadly thinks more E-Prixs should be added to the schedule.

“I don’t mind, to be honest, about a second race in Germany,” he said.

“There are a lot of German manufacturers coming into the series and I am sure that once they are involved then we can start going to the south of Germany, to Munich or wherever it is they want to go.

“I just care about having more races, I think we definitely need more races on the calendar.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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  1. krisg

    May 30, 2018 at 9:20 am

    At this stage FE should be targeting at least 16 races in the calendar instead of 10-12.

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