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Formula E switches German race venue

The Formula E electric auto racing championship has given the go-ahead for a new track to be used for this year’s German ePrix.

Subject to approval from local authorities, the German ePrix, which is scheduled to take place in the country’s capital of Berlin on May 21, will be staged at a venue in the centre of the city.

The Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit, which staged last year’s ePrix in Berlin, is currently being used to shelter asylum seekers and has been forced to relinquish its hosting rights. The new bespoke circuit will undergo suitability checks before being confirmed as the venue, but it appears set to stage the event in three months’ time.

“It is fantastic news that we have been able to find a new location to race in Berlin and I want to thank everybody who has been involved in making this happen for all their hard work in such a short space of time,” Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag said.

“Germany is an incredibly important market for Formula E as the home of DHL, the championship’s official logistics partner, and BMW i, the official vehicle partner of the series. I am sure that this race will capture the imagination of the German fans and be a great success.”

The 2.030km circuit will feature 11 turns and will travel through the Strausberger Platz and Alexanderplatz squares in Berlin. The pitlane would be located on the Karl-Marx-Allee boulevard.

The 2015-16 Formula E season – the second since the championship’s inception – has almost reached its halfway stage. Mexico City in Mexico, Long Beach in the US, and the French capital of Paris are scheduled to stage events before the series travels to Berlin in May.