|Location||Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany|
|Length||2.355 km (1.476 mi)|
|First Race||2017 Berlin ePrix I|
|Last Race||2022 Berlin E-Prix II|
|Pascal Wehrlein||Edoardo Mortara||António Félix da Costa|
The Tempelhofring is a temporary street circuit established within Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany, that is used to host the Berlin E-Prix as a round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. First used in 2015 as the Tempelhof Airport Circuit, the current layout of the Tempelhofring was established in 2017, and has since hosted twelve E-Prix.
After heavy disruption by the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic caused the 2019/20 season to be temporarily halted, the Tempelhofring was selected the host the final six rounds to complete the season. This resulted in three alternate versions of the circuit being used, with the first pair of races held on a reversed version, the second pair on the usual anti-clockwise circuit, and the final pair held on a new layout named Tempelhofer Park.
Formula E History
Tempelhof Airport was first proposed as a potential host of the Berlin E-Prix ahead of the inaugural 2014/15 season, with a plan to use the defunct airport approved by the local council in late 2014. The first circuit design was penned by Rodrigo Nunes and christened the Tempelhof Airport Circuit, and would feature a hefty seventeen corners. The circuit was also found to be particularly bumpy due to the concrete surface that formed the former runway, although did feature a fair amount of run-off areas.
The first 2015 Berlin ePrix saw Jérôme d'Ambrosio claim victory, inheriting the win from Lucas di Grassi. For 2016, however, Tempelhof would be unable to host the race, after the German government opted to use the airport as a shelter for refugees during the 2016 Refugee Crisis. The Berlin ePrix hence moved to a new circuit in Karl-Marx-Alley, before FE secured a new deal to return to Tempelhof for the 2017 race.
The return of the Tempelhofring brought about a new circuit design, although this was later revised again to re-position the pitlane and add a kink into one of the corners. The new layout proved popular on its debut, and would be retained for the subsequent Berlin E-Prix in 2018 through to 2021.
There have been two official circuit layouts used at the Tempelhofring.
Tempelhof Airport Circuit (2015)
A lap of the Tempelhof Airport Circuit began with a reasonably open right-hand hairpin, bringing the field out from under the Terminal canopy. A small straight with a kink formed turn two, before a tighter hairpin formed turn three. Another short straight followed before the field entered turn four, a left-hand hairpin, before weaving their way through an extended turn five to hit the brakes for turn six, another left-hand hairpin-esque corner.
Turn seven appeared as an open left-hander, before turns eight and nine ran together to form a multi-apex right hand sweep. A short straight followed before the field hit the brakes for turn ten, a left-hand hairpin, followed by a kink to form turn eleven. Turns twelve and thirteen formed a tight right-left chicane that brought the field back under the terminal canopy.
Another chicane, this time a left-right combination followed to form turns fourteen and fifteen, before another right-left chicane brought the field back onto the start/finish straight. Pit-in was located on the outside of turn sixteen.
Tempelhofring (2017 - Present)
The revised layout for the Tempelhofring began once again with the field close to the Terminal building, although the long-curving start/finish "straight" does not pass under the canopy. The field subsequently hits the brakes for the first corner, a long, open, left-hand corner that runs through almost 270°, which is instantly followed by a tight 90° right. Another 90° right follows to form three, before the field blast through the Allianz eVillage, passing directly under the eVillage's tent.
After blasting through the fans the field hit the brakes to take turn four, a hairpin-esque left, before a kink at turn five completes the first sector and carries the field onto the long back-straight. A small kink towards the end of the straight forms the entry to turn six, providing multiple lines through the left-hand hairpin, before a long curve tightens to form turn seven, another left. Turn eight follows as little more than a right-hand kink, before the field charge into turn nine, a right-hand hairpin.
A curving "straight" follows out of turn nine, before an open left-hand hairpin forms turn ten, bringing the field back onto the start/finish straight. The Attack Mode activation point is found on the outside of turn six, while pit-in is found on the entry to turn ten.
Tempelhofring R (2020)
The Tempelhofring was reversed for the 2020 Berlin E-Prix I and 2020 Berlin E-Prix II, with the circuit running clockwise rather than anti-clockwise. Otherwise, there were no modifications were made to the layout, with the pitlane also unchanged and teams allocated the garages that they would have used for the anti-clockwise version.
Tempelhofer Park (2020)
The Tempelhofer Park variant of the Tempelhofring was created for the final pair of races to complete the 2019/20 season, which featured a heavily revised second sector. The new section saw turn five extended into a 90° right, before the field were carried in a sweeping left of turn six. The hairpin at the end of the back straight was now turn seven, and retained the Attack Mode activation zone, before the field turned back off the circuit at turn eight, a 90° right.
Turn nine immediately followed as a 90° left, before turns ten and eleven formed a long apex left hander through almost 180°. A sharp 90° right formed turn twelve, before a bumpy turn thirteen combined with a sweeping left at turn fourteen completed the second sector and carried the field back onto the original layout. The third sector was hence unchanged, although the two hairpins were now turns fifteen and sixteen.
A full list of records for the Tempelhofring are outlined below, including a list of race winners.
Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held at the Tempelhofring:
|Tempelhofring Winners List|
|Tempelhof Airport Circuit — 2.470 km (2015)|
|2014/15||2015 Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix||23 May 2015||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Report|
|Tempelhofring — 2.355 km (2017 - Present)|
|2016/17||2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix I||10 June 2017||Felix Rosenqvist||Report|
|2016/17||2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix II||11 June 2017||Sébastien Buemi||Report|
|2017/18||2018 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix||19 May 2018||Daniel Abt||Report|
|2018/19||2019 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin E-Prix||25 May 2019||Lucas di Grassi||Report|
|2019/20||2020 BMW i Berlin E-Prix II Race 1||8 August 2020||Maximilian Günther||Report|
|2019/20||2020 BMW i Berlin E-Prix II Race 2||9 August 2020||Jean-Éric Vergne||Report|
|2020/21||2021 BMW i Berlin E-Prix I presented by CBMM Niobium||14 August 2021||Lucas di Grassi||Report|
|2021/22||2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix I||14 May 2022||Edoardo Mortara||Report|
|Tempelhofring R — 2.355 km (2020 - Present)|
|2019/20||2020 Berlin E-Prix I Race 1||5 August 2020||António Félix da Costa||Report|
|2019/20||2020 Berlin E-Prix I Race 2||6 August 2020||António Félix da Costa||Report|
|2020/21||2021 BMW i Berlin E-Prix II presented by CBMM Niobium||15 August 2021||Norman Nato||Report|
|2021/22||2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix II||15 May 2022||Nyck de Vries||Report|
|Tempelhofer Park — 2.505 km (2020)|
|2019/20||2020 Heineken Berlin E-Prix III Race 1||12 August 2020||Oliver Rowland||Report|
|2019/20||2020 Heineken Berlin E-Prix III Race 2||13 August 2020||Stoffel Vandoorne||Report|
The race-by-race records for the Tempelhofring are outlined below:
Videos and Images:
- 'Berlin ePrix reverts to Tempelhof Airport', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/02/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/february/berlin-eprix-reverts-to-tempelhof-airport/, (Accessed 10/02/2017)
- '2019/20 calendar revealed: London and Seoul star in sixth Formula E campaign', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/2019-20-season-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 14/06/2019)
- 'Formula E season resumes with six-race Berlin showdown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/06/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/june/berlin-announcement, (Accessed 17/06/2020)
- 'FORMULA E EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH BERLIN'S TEMPELHOF AIRPORT FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/05/2022), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2022/may/berlin-contract, (Accessed 15/05/2022)
- 'Circuit unveiled for Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/02/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/february/circuit-unveiled-for-formula-e-dhl-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
- 'Di Grassi excluded from DHL Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/05/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/di-grassi-excluded-from-dhl-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 11/06/2015)
- 'New central location for Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/02/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/february/new-central-location-for-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2016)
- 'All-new track as Berlin double header replaces Brussels ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/all-new-track-as-berlin-double-header-replaces-brussels-eprix/, (Accessed 10/03/2017)
- 'BMW i increases ties with Formula E as race title partner in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bmw-i-increases-ties-with-formula-e-as-race-title-partner-in-berlin/, (Accessed 17/04/2018)
- 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5', info.fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/06/2018), http://info.fiaformulae.com/season-5-calendar/, (Accessed 07/06/2018)
- 'BMW i announced as title partner for Formula E season finale in Berlin', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/07/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/july/bmw-i-berlin-race-title-partnership, (Accessed 31/07/2021)
- '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)
- 'Di Grassi tees up intense season finale and a title tilt with victory for Audi in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/08/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/august/berlin-e-prix-round-14-report-results, (Accessed 14/08/2021)
- 'SHELL RECHARGE HIGHLIGHTS E-MOBILITY AMBITION VIA TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF BERLIN E-PRIX', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/05/2022), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2022/may/shell-recharge-berlin-e-prix, (Accessed 11/05/2022)
- 'SEASON 8 CALENDAR: Cape Town, Vancouver and Seoul feature on most expansive Formula E schedule yet', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/07/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/july/season-8-calendar-announcement, (Accessed 08/07/2021)
- 'MORTARA FENDS OFF ALL COMERS TO WIN SHELL RECHARGE BERLIN E-PRIX ROUND 7', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/05/2022), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2022/may/berlin-e-prix-round-7-report, (Accessed 14/05/2022)
- 'Formula E and FIA reveal full calendar for 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/04/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/april/full-2020-2021-calendar-update?utm_source=FormulaETwitter&utm_medium=SocialPost&utm_campaign=News&utm_term=Championship&utm_content=Racing, (Accessed 22/04/2021)
- 'Nyck de Vries and Mercedes-EQ seal World Championship titles as Nato wins in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E 15/08/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/august/berlin-e-prix-round-15-report-results-world-champion, (Accessed 15/08/2021)
- 'UPDATED SEASON 8 CALENDAR AND SPORTING REGULATIONS RATIFIED', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/december/fia-world-motorsport-council-calendar-update, (Accessed 15/12/2021)
- 'DE VRIES DOMINANT ON WAY TO SHELL RECHARGE BERLIN E-PRIX ROUND 8 WIN', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/05/2022), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2022/may/berlin-e-prix-round-8-report, (Accessed 15/05/2022)
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|Diriyah E-Prix • Rome E-Prix • Valencia E-Prix • Monaco E-Prix • Puebla E-Prix • New York City E-Prix • London E-Prix • Berlin E-Prix|
|Former E-Prix: Africa/Europe|
|Marrakesh E-Prix • Paris E-Prix • Swiss E-Prix • Zürich E-Prix|
|Former E-Prix: Asia|
|Beijing ePrix • Hong Kong E-Prix • Moscow ePrix • Putrajaya ePrix • Sanya E-Prix|
|Former E-Prix: North America|
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|Former E-Prix: South America|
|Buenos Aires ePrix • Punta del Este E-Prix • Santiago E-Prix|
|Jakarta E-Prix • Seoul E-Prix|