Nick Heidfeld expects ‘a very twisty and challenging circuit’ for Tempelhof circuit.
Organisers of the new all-electric FIA Formula E single-seater series have unveiled the circuit layout for the Berlin ePrix, which will take place on May 23.
The 17-turn, 2.47km circuit will be built within the ‘Apron' section of the Tempelhof Airport, located in the city-centre. Designed by Rodrigo Nunes, it is the setting for the eighth race in the inaugural Formula E season.
The announcement was made during a press conference held at the former airport and attended by Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and Berlin Senator Cornelia Yzer, together with the championship's two German drivers: Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld.
A special event
"It's going to be very special racing in front of my home crowd and I'm really looking forward to it," said Heidfeld. "It will be the first time for me racing on somewhere like this so should have its own special atmosphere.
"It looks like it's going to be a very twisty and challenging circuit with 17 turns in under 2.5km, and I think the fans are going to have great visibility wherever they are.
"When I spoke to some friends recently they were all interested in coming to Berlin and I hope there will be a lot of other fans who will come and join us for the race."
Berlin: an innovative city
Agag added: "Berlin is one of the leading cities in Europe for innovation and sustainable mobility, whilst Germany is renowned for its motorsport passion and hence why we selected it as a host city for Formula E.
"We're now very much looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans, one they can be proud of and where they'll be able to support home-grown talent Nick Heidfeld and Daniel Abt, along with German team Audi Sport Abt."
Tickets for the event are now on sale. The event will be organised by German event company Gil Und Weingärtner who will also call upon the expertise of Hans Jörg Fischer – one of the main track consultants behind Russia's new Moscow Raceway.