The London E-Prix has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic with the EXCEL Centre being used as the Nightingale Hospital.
The London E-Prix was set to take place as a double header to round out Season 6 of Formula E at the end of July but in an email to ticket holders today, the cancellation was announced.
“Formula E and the FIA unequivocally supports the repurposing of the facilities during the current health crisis. However, given the circumstances and owing to the preparation and time needed to ensure the operational excellence of all our events, Formula E and the FIA have taken the decision to cancel the London E-Prix.” said the email.
“We are evaluating the possibility of hosting a race in the UK later in the season. However in the current circumstances this event may need to take place behind closed doors.
“The priority of the ABB FIA Formula E championship is the health and safety of our fans and the entire Formula E community of staff, teams, manufacturers, partners and drivers, as well as the citizens and residents of the cities in which we race.”
There was hope that the E-Prix would have been able to take place considering it was scheduled for the end of July in a time where a lot of people are attempting to get motorsport back up and running.
F1 are looking to start in July and the BTCC, in August.
But the circumstances involving the EXCEL centre, being the Nightingale Hospital in London take obvious priority.
Tickets are available to be refunded to those who had already bought them.
Formula E was set to return to London for Season 6 after holding races in Season’s 1 and 2 with a controversial title fight between Lucas Di Grassi and Sebastian Buemi being one of Formula E’s highlights.
You can read about it in Mo Rehman’s FE Rewind article.
The racetrack at that time was in Battersea park but this was to be a new track set up around the docklands of London with a portion of the track indoors at the EXCEL centre which hosted the Olympic Games.