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Home race for championship leader Wehrlein: XXL preview of the 2024 Berlin E-Prix

Svenja König

Svenja König

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Season highlight for all German Formula E fans! The Berlin E-Prix has been held in the German capital city every year since 2015 - and it will return on 11 and 12 May 2024. Once again, the electric series will start with two races on the apron of the disused Tempelhof Airport. Will Pascal Wehrlein or Maximilian Günther win at home this year? You can find the schedule, TV and streaming as well as all the information about the new track in our big preview.

Where exactly will the Formula E race take place?

Tempelhof Airport on the outskirts of Berlin will host a Formula E weekend for the ninth time in 2024. With one exception in 2016 (then: Karl-Marx-Allee), the electric series has always been a guest at the historic airfield, where the so-called Raisin Bombers - part of the famous Berlin Airlift of 1948/49 - were parked.

With 3.6 million inhabitants, Berlin itself is by far the largest city and the political centre of Germany. In addition to an impressive history as a divided city, Berlin offers a multicultural scene that is particularly known for its cuisine and nightlife.

Fast facts | Berlin

  • Berlin will become the first city to host 20 Formula E races on Sunday. Other "heavyweights" among the venues are Diriyah with a total of eleven races and New York and London with ten so far. However, two more races are still scheduled in the British capital this season.
  • There have been 15 different race winners in the 18 races held so far. These include Sebastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt, Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy.
  • There are 600 kilometres of track in the city of Berlin. That's more than the distance covered by a driver in six Berlin E-Prix races.
  • The meat from 950 kebab skewers is sold in Berlin every day. You would have to line up about three times as many to circle the track in Berlin.
  • This is the first time since the very first Formula E race in 2014 that Envision (then: Virgin) will be competing with two new drivers. In Berlin, both regular drivers - Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns - will be absent due to the clash of dates with the WEC. Joel Eriksson and Paul Aron will step in.

Who is broadcasting the Formula E races at Berlin on TV & livestream?

Coverage of the qualifying and race sessions depend on the region you're in. e-Formula.news offers free Formula E live streams for the free practice sessions though. Here's the schedule for the weekend (CEST).

Session Date Day of the week Start TV/Stream Session End TV/Stream TV channel/website
Free Practice 1 10.05.2024 Friday 16:55 17:00-17:30 17:45 e-Formula.news
Free Practice 2 11.05.2024 Saturday 07:55 08:00-08:30 08:45 e-Formula.news
Qualifying 1 11.05.2024 Saturday 11:00 10:20-11:43 11:40 depends on region
Race 1 11.05.2024 Saturday 14:50 15:03-16:00 16:15 depends on region
Free Practice 3 12.05.2024 Sunday 07:55 08:00-08:30 08:45 e-Formula.news
Qualifying 2 12/05/2024 Sunday 11:00 10:20-11:43 11:40 depends on region
Race 2 12.05.2024 Sunday 14:50 15:03-16:00 16:15 depends on region

* All data in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

What characterises the race track in Berlin?

This year, the "Tempelhof Street Circuit" has been given a new layout. The track now covers 2.343 kilometres and has 15 bends instead of ten. The new track was originally presented in November, but was updated a few weeks ago.

The start-finish straight is now located on the former back straight. This is followed by a combination of several 90-degree bends on the way to the infield. The long back straight (formerly the start-finish straight) has been drastically shortened, but still forms the entrance to the long left-hand bend, which is reminiscent of the snail curve.

The attack mode activation is located in turn 2. Due to the shortening of the back straight, the slipstream could become decisive, especially at the start/finish.

What has happened since the last race in Monaco?

  • As was revealed after the race weekend in Monaco, the new Gen3 Evo car was tested there. David Coulthard had the honour. A video documents the drive through the Principality.
  • Sam Bird underwent surgery on his hand in the UK following his accident in Monaco. He will be at the Berlin E-Prix, but will not be able to drive himself. Replacement driver Taylor Barnard will once again stand in for him.
  • All teams have now published their line-ups for the rookie test that will take place after the Berlin E-Prix. Among them are: Robert Shwartzman, Tim Tramnitz, Dries Vanthoor, Sheldon van der Linde and Ricardo Feller. Click here for the overview.
  • There was a short half-time break between the two races in Monaco and Berlin. We have analysed and evaluated the performances of all teams in the first half of the season for you.

In which order do the drivers start qualifying?

In Formula E, qualifying takes place in two stages: Group stage and knockout stage. For group qualifying, the driver field is initially divided into two halves, with all drivers in the odd-numbered championship positions (positions 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.) competing in Group A and the drivers in the even-numbered positions in Group B.

The four drivers with the fastest lap times in their group after twelve minutes will then move on to the quarter-finals, where they will duel for the best grid positions. The qualifying groups for Saturday's race at the Berlin E-Prix are as follows.

What will the weather be like in Berlin?

In Berlin, Formula E can expect a mix of sun and clouds, with a maximum outside temperature of 20 degrees. The weather is forecast to be much better on Sunday. Then there could even be up to nine hours of sunshine. On Saturday, a small shower here and there is possible instead.

Who are the favourites?

Looking at the overall performance of the teams, there was no way around Jaguar in the first half of the season. The Brits have already built up a 50-point lead over Porsche in the teams' standings. In the drivers' standings, they are the only team to have two drivers in the championship battle so far. Within the team, Nick Cassidy is ahead and in second place overall, with only Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein scoring more points in the first half of the season to lead the championship.

But Jake Dennis and Mitch Evans, who is travelling to Berlin with a tailwind after his Monaco victory, should not be underestimated either. Oliver Rowland in the Nissan and Max Günther in the Maserati are also worth keeping an eye on. And DS Penske? After his first podium for the team in Monaco, Stoffel Vandoorne also has a chance of finishing among the front runners. As always in Formula E, it is impossible to predict who will win the Berlin E-Prix.

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