Formula E set to return to London with event at the ExCel lined up for all-electric racing series
- Battersea Park hosted the closing round of the racing series’ first two seasons
- It was removed from the calendar following complaints from local residents
- A return to Britain for the first time since 2016 has been priority for Formula E
Formula E will return to London next summer when the ExCel London stages the final race of the season.
Battersea Park hosted the closing round of the electric racing series’ first two seasons in 2015 and 2016, but was removed from the calendar following complaints from local residents.
Securing a return to Britain has been a top priority for CEO Alejandro Agag, but deals with several potential sites in London and Birmingham have failed to materialise.
All-electric Formula E will return to London next summer when the ExCel London stages a race
However, representatives of the East London venue flew to January’s Marrakesh E-Prix to finalise a deal from July 2020, which Agag will confirm on Tuesday at a press conference in Geneva.
‘We have to have a race in London,’ said Agag on Monday. ‘It’s like being Real Madrid and not playing in Madrid.
‘We are a London company so this is our home. This is where Formula E was created. We had Battersea for two years, it was nice but it was not the best location.
‘We could have probably pushed more to stay at Battersea. The council wanted us to stay, but there was a small group of residents that was complaining.
A return to Britain for the first time since 2016 has been a priority for CEO Alejandro Agag
‘If it was the best location we would have fought for that and won, but we started looking for a new location. Sadly it’s taken too long to find one but I think we have one.
‘We ask our manufacturers and teams, “where to do you want us to organise a race?” and they all say London, so for us it’s the big priority.’
Around 50,000 spectators attended the races in Battersea and Agag expects to build on that at the ExCel where the circuit will feature indoor and outdoor sections.
‘It will be the closing race of the season,’ said the Spaniard. ‘Just like Battersea where we had two fantastic finishes, but it’s very different now. Our fan-base is a lot bigger and there is a great fan-base in the UK so the number of spectators can be huge.’
The HKT Hong Kong E-Prix is live on BBC2 on Sunday March 10 from 7:30am.