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London E-Prix Poster 2015
E-Prix Details
Name Visa London ePrix
Location Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
No. Held Unknown
Circuit Flag of London ExCeL E-Prix Circuit
Previous Circuits Flag of London Battersea Park Street Circuit
First Race Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 London ePrix I
Last Race Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 London ePrix II
Only Race unknown
Most Recent Results
Name Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 Visa London ePrix II
Pole Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1:22.033
First Second Third
Flag of France Nicolas Prost Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Fastest lap Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1:24.150

The London E-Prix is a semi-regular motorsports event based in the City of London, UK, that serves as a round ABB FIA Formula E Championship.[1] The London E-Prix has been staged four times in FE's history, serving as the season finale for both the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons with a circuit based around Battersea Park.[2]

The local residents of Battersea contrived to end the race in the local part after the 2016 visit, meaning London dropped off the calendar.[2] However, ahead of the 2019/20 season it was announced that a new venue had agreed to host the London E-Prix, with a new circuit created at the ExCel Exhibition Centre.[3]

However, the impact of the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic would result in the two 2020 London E-Prix being cancelled, with the ExCeL Centre being turned into a temporary hospital to help treat patients.[4][5] Yet, the race would return for the 2020/21 season, with plans remaining in place to use the ExCeL as the venue to conclude the seventh FE Championship.[6]

City History

London's history as a city can be traced back to the Roman era, having been founded as Londinium in 43 AD.[7] London became the capital of England (or Britannia as it was still known) in 100 AD after its reconstruction, although the fall of Rome saw London abandoned.[7] However, after the construction of Westminster Abbey by Edward the Confessor, London was given its former status as capital once more, and one it has retained ever since.[7] Previously the largest city in the world from 1831 to 1925, London was often considered the financial capital of the world, a status that few may challenge, with many international businesses placing their headquarters in the British capital.[7]

Formula E History

London was among the first major cities to express an interest in the new FIA Formula E Championship, and duly signed an early deal with Formula E Holdings to join the inaugural 2014/15 calendar.[8] Further negotiations with Wandsworth Council resulted in Battersea Park being selected to host the race, with a circuit designed by Simon Gibbons constructed within the Grade II listed park.[8] The Battersea Park Street Circuit was duly approved on the 19 February 2015, and would host its first two ePrix in June 2015.[9][10]

Championship Concluder

London's position at the end of the 2014/15 season ensured that it served as the title decider, with Nelson Piquet Jr. claiming the inaugural FE Championship.[10] However, the entire race weekend proved controversial off the circuit, with protests by the local residents about the use of the Park by the series.[2] Indeed the Battersea Park Action Group made plans to disrupt any future races at the circuit, prompting concerns that the 2016 races would be cancelled.[2]

Indeed, it was only after FE Holdings agreed that the series would not return to Battersea after the 2016 visit that the 2016 London ePrix went ahead, reaching a deal with BPAG in June 2016.[2] This time, it was Sébastien Buemi who won the Championship in the Park, beating Lucas di Grassi in a shootout for fastest lap after the pair crashed together at the first corner.[11]

ExCel Exhibitions

The London ePrix subsequently fell off the calendar after the 2016 races, although FE CEO Alejandro Agag made it clear that it was a priority to restore the British capital to the FE timetable.[3] Negotiations with the ExCeL Exhibition Centre opened during the 2018/19 season, with a deal between FE Holdings and the ExCeL's owners duly announced on 5 March 2019.[3] The new circuit, christened the ExCeL E-Prix Circuit, would run around and through the exhibition centre itself, and serve as a double header to conclude the 2019/20 season.[3]

Circuit History

After a successful negotiation process with the Wandsworth Council, as well as the London City Council, Battersea Park would play host to a double header which would serve as the season finale for the inaugural season, serving as the Championship's home round.[12] The London ePrix would also play host to the conclusion of the 2015/16 Championship, although a protest from a local action group put the double header in doubt.[2] However, negotiations were made to allow the season finale to be held, albeit at the cost that Formula E could not use Battersea Park ever again.[2]

An entirely new circuit, the ExCeL E-Prix Circuit, was built for the series' return to the UK capital in 2020, based around the ExCeL Exhibition Centre and the Royal Victoria Docks.[3]

Records

A full list of records for the London E-Prix ePrix is outlined below, including a list of race winners.

Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held in London E-Prix:

London E-Prix ePrix Winners List
Season Name Circuit Date Winner Report
2014/15 Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 Visa London ePrix I Battersea Park Street Circuit 27 July 2015[8] Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Report
2014/15 Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 Visa London ePrix II Battersea Park Street Circuit 28 July 2015[8] Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Report
2015/16 Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 Visa London ePrix I Battersea Park Street Circuit 2 July 2016[13] Flag of France Nicolas Prost Report
2015/16 Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 Visa London ePrix II Battersea Park Street Circuit 3 July 2016[13] Flag of France Nicolas Prost Report
2019/20 Flag of the United Kingdom 2020 ABB FIA Formula E London E-Prix ExCeL E-Prix Circuit 25 July 2020[3] Cancelled[4]
2019/20 Flag of the United Kingdom 2020 ABB FIA Formula E London E-Prix ExCeL E-Prix Circuit 26 July 2020[3] Cancelled[4]
2020/21 Flag of the United Kingdom 2021 FIA Formula E London E-Prix I ExCeL E-Prix Circuit 24 July 2021[6] Report
2020/21 Flag of the United Kingdom 2021 FIA Formula E London E-Prix II ExCeL E-Prix Circuit 25 July 2021[6] Report

References

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 'Circuit Guide: London 2015', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2015-london.aspx, (Accessed 10/06/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 'FORMULA E GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR VISA LONDON EPRIX IN BATTERSEA', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/formula-e-gets-green-light-for-visa-london-eprix-in-battersea/, (Accessed 02/07/2016)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 'Register now: Formula E returns to London in 2020', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/february/london-e-prix, (Accessed 05/03/2019)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Matt Kew, 'Formula E's New York and London rounds cancelled', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 01/05/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/formula-e-news-new-york-london-races-cancelled/4787296/, (Accessed 01/05/2020)
  5. Rachel Schraer, 'Coronavirus: ExCeL Centre planned as NHS field hospital', bbc.co.uk, (British Broadcasting Company, 24/03/2020), https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52018477, (Accessed 21/06/2020)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'FIA publishes provisional 2020/21 Formula E calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/june/2021-race-calendar, (Accessed 19/06/2020)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 'London', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 08/06/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London, (Accessed 10/06/2015)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 'Rio returns as Formula E confirms inaugural calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/12/2013), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2013/december/rio-returns-as-formula-e-confirms-inaugural-calendar.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  9. 'Buemi’s stroll in the park', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/buemi-wins-as-edams-renault-clinch-team-title.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  10. 10.0 10.1 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  11. 'BUEMI WINS TITLE AFTER SPECTACULAR FINALE: VISA FASTEST LAP ENDS UP DECIDING THE 2015/16 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/buemi-wins-title-after-spectacular-finale/, (Accessed 04/07/2016)
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named LonIIR15
  13. 13.0 13.1 'London ePrix double header confirmed for July 2/3' fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/09/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/september/london-eprix-double-header-confirmed-for-july-23.aspx, (Accessed 30/09/2015)
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