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Due to new Formula E track: Repairs on the apron in Berlin

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

The apron at Berlin's former Tempelhof Airport is currently undergoing partial refurbishment. Cracks, fractures and signs of wear and tear on the concrete slabs are being repaired to ensure safety during the two Formula E races, which will take place on 11 and 12 May 2024.

Parts of the concrete slabs, which measure 5x5 metres, date back to the second construction phase of the airport, which lasted from 1945 to 1962. As Formula E is using a completely new track layout this year for the first time since 2017, other areas of the apron are also being used than before. Around 30 areas were discovered during an inspection, where repair work is now taking place. As the airport is a listed building, the heritage authority is also involved in the work.

For the Berlin E-Prix 2024, the existing damaged areas will be manually chiselled out and filled with a so-called supplementary material. The long-term plan is to develop a material-appropriate solution made of special concrete. However, this will require further research, development and intensive coordination with the heritage office. At the same time, a maintenance and care concept is being developed for the historic apron markings, which are to be permanently preserved.

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