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Photo gallery: The most beautiful venues in Formula E history, rated by the e-Formel.de community

Tobias Bluhm

Tobias Bluhm

Over the past week, you've been discussing our photostrecke zu den schönsten Austragungsorten der Formel-E-Geschichte - thank you for that! Numerous readers responded to our social media call to submit their own venues for a second part of this article. The result of the voting for the most beautiful electric locations, desired by the German-speaking Formula E community, you can find in this post.

About Instagram and Twitter we received a lot of comments, which wished a second part of the ranking. One venue in particular was mentioned with particular frequency: Berlin's Tempelhof Airport. The airport has hosted at least one race every year since 2015 - with the exception of one edition of the Berlin E-Prix. Find out why in the following series of pictures. Have fun browsing!

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Berlin-Tempelhof (2015, since 2017)

The German capital is the only venue that has featured on the electric series' calendar every year since the first Formula E season. Apart from a start in the city center (2016), the series has made a guest appearance at the same venue every year: the former Tempelhof Airport.

Berlin-Tempelhof (2015, since 2017)

The E-Village in Berlin is located under the roof of the apron where aircraft were parked between 1923 and 2008. The former check-in hall, most recently the site of autograph sessions on race weekends, conveys a unique charm

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Berlin-Tempelhof (2015, since 2017)

But Berlin is also a memorable sporting venue for Formula E. Under strict Corona regulations, the 2020 season finale took place here - with six races within nine days, held on three different track layouts. The flat, albeit humpy, concrete field always offered the course designers:inside room for creativity.

Zurich (2018)

In order for Formula E to race at Lake Zurich, the Swiss Federal Council even had to change laws: The ban on motor sports, which had been in place since 1955, was first relaxed for championships with electric drives, and in 2022 it was even lifted for all racing series (including those with internal combustion engines)

Zurich (2018)

The track, complete with wooden garages, cobblestones in the pit lane and streetcar tracks on the racing line, was located right on the shores of Lake Zurich. An estimated 100,000 fans - admission up to the catch fences was free - watched the family-friendly event along the trackside perimeter.

Zurich (2018)

Originally, even a floating pontoon bridge was considered for the track, but those plans were scrapped. The victory went to Lucas di Grassi (Audi), who jumped for joy into the lake after the race. Due to construction work in Zurich, Formula E swerved to Bern in 2019, but did not return to Switzerland after that.

Putrajaya (2014-2015)

Malaysia invited Formula E to one of its political centers: For the first two seasons, the electric racing series made guest appearances on the surrounding streets of the Prime Minister's Office (green dome in the background) in Putrajaya. In 2014, the second race in Formula E history was held here.

Putrajaya (2014-2015)

There were a particularly large number of twists and turns at the 2015 E-Prix, with numerous driver:ins retiring after driving errors or technical problems, including pole-sitter Sebastien Buemi. Robin Frijns scored his first podium with a badly damaged car - even his suspension was badly bent after contact with a wall.

 

Putrajaya (2014-2015)

The races in Putrajaya were characterized by two things: high temperatures and high speeds. Many changes of direction, humpy corners and challenging braking zones made the "Persiaran Perdana" track truly a legendary Formula E circuit.

Cape Town (2023)

We already found Cape Town in Part 1 of our series - and you, too, think Cape Town deserves a place in this ranking! The track on the Atlantic coast was the fastest circuit ever visited by Formula E so far. Pole-sitter Sacha Fenestraz achieved an average speed of 155 km/h on his qualifying lap.

Cape Town (2023)

However, the scenery also made Cape Town special: the track was built in the shadow of Table Mountain and ran around the soccer stadium built for the 2010 World Cup.

Cape Town (2023)

With bumps, fast corners and long straights, slipstream games are possible in South Africa. Antonio Felix da Costa celebrated his first victory with Porsche here thanks to clever energy-saving tactics and courageous overtaking maneuvers.

Moscow (2015)

For good reasons, Formula E has not been racing in Russia's capital for several years. Nevertheless, the venue of the 2015 Moscow E-Prix was spectacular: a race track right next to St. Basil's Cathedral!

Moscow (2015)

The Red Square circuit was 2.29 kilometers long and included 13 turns. The start/finish straight was located directly on the Moskva River promenade.

Moscow (2015)

An E-Prix was also planned for 2016 not far from the Kremlin, but there were "conflicts of interest between Russian agencies and the organizers" over when which roads would have to be closed for the event. Formula E has not raced in Russia since.

Punta del Este (2014-2015, 2018)

Situated picturesquely on the Atlantic beach, Formula E raced in Punta del Este a total of three times. The seaside resort in Uruguay already found itself in Part 1 of this series - you have confirmed the impression of our editors.

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Punta del Este (2014-2015, 2018)

The wind blew a lot of sand onto the track, which made for poor grip conditions. A bollard in the chicane of the fast turns 14/15 also caused headaches again and again in qualifying: anyone who touched it had to expect dropped lap times.

Punta del Este (2014-2015, 2018)

In 2018, Lucas di Grassi chased Jean-Eric Vergne like a shadow for almost the entire race distance, but failed to make it past the Frenchman. To this day, the then Techeetah driver's drive ranks as one of the best defensive performances in Formula E history.

Berlin-Mitte (2016)

Once again Berlin? Berlin again! Because the course at the Karl-Marx-Allee was also suggested by our Leser:innen for this ranking. In 2016, Formula E made a guest appearance on a classic street circuit in the center of the German capital.

Berlin-Mitte (2016)

The route led the Pilot:innen once around Strausberger Platz. During the race, the city turned on the fountain in the middle of the traffic circle, seen here during the passage of local hero Daniel Abt.

Berlin-Mitte (2016)

On the way to the start/finish straight, TV cameras filmed the television tower and candy-striped buildings worth seeing. After only one year, however, it was already over again for Formula E in Berlin-Mitte: due to protests from residents, the series returned to Tempelhof.

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