Formula E to host London race in 2020

London will host a Formula E race once again from next summer.

Organisers have announced that there will be an exciting new street circuit across the London Docklands and ExCel centre in next year’s edition.

The London E-Prix will take place on July 25 and 26 in 2020 and will be the season finale.

Battersea Park previously hosted the London race in 2015 and 2016, but event organising logistics meant that a new venue had to be found if Formula E was to return to the capital.

The new London track, based in the east of the city, will be especially unique as it will involve a section of the track which goes indoors.

Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “We are a London company and this is our home, our base, where Formula E was created so basically we have to have a race in London.

"It is like being Real Madrid and not playing in Madrid.

"So we had Battersea for two years. It was nice but wasn’t the best location. We could have probably pushed more for Battersea.

"The council wanted us to stay but a small group of residents were complaining and if it would have been the best location we would have fought for it and would have won but because it wasn’t it was a good combination of elements.

"Let’s make peace with the residents, let’s stay one more year, let’s agree with the council the right compensation for them.

"Everyone was happy, I mean the council was not happy because they would have preferred for us to stay but they were happy with the way we dealt with it, the residents were happy and we were happy and then we started looking for a new location.

"I think it has taken too long to find one but I think we have one and this was the priority for us. We look at the manufacturers and teams and ask them where do you want us to race all they say London. They want the race in London so for us it was the big priority.”

Formula E is currently in its fifth season and is be viewed on the BBC. This weekend’s Hong Kong E-Prix will be shown on BBC2 on Sunday morning.

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