Battersea Park Street Circuit

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Battersea Park Circuit
Battersea Park Circuit.svg
Location London, England
Time zone GMT
Coordinates 51°28′45″N 0°09′26″W / 51.47917°N 0.15722°W / 51.47917; -0.15722Coordinates: 51°28′45″N 0°09′26″W / 51.47917°N 0.15722°W / 51.47917; -0.15722
Major events Formula E 2015–2016
Length 2.925 km (1.818 mi)
Turns 17
Race lap record 1:26.790 (United Kingdom Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, 2015)

Battersea Park was home to the only motor racing circuit located in London, England from 2015 to 2016. It hosted the final two races of the 2014–15 Formula E season, and also the second season. The track was 2.922 kilometres (1.816 mi) in length and featured 17 turns.

The circuit ran through Battersea Park

There was controversy over circuit's installation in a Grade II* listed park, and it was announced in 2016 that the Formula E race would not be held there again.

History[edit]

The track was designed by Formula E's London event team and British architect Simon Gibbons. Wandsworth Council approved of the circuit and the double race on 19 February 2015.[1]

The circuit was criticized for being too narrow and too bumpy, with Jérôme d'Ambrosio suffering broken suspension.[2] A last-minute change to turn 1 had to be implemented and the race had to be started under a pace car.[3]

There was controversy over the park circuit taking place in a Grade II* listed park, with opposition to the disruption the races and subsequent build period would cause to a free public space. Around the race weekends a majority of the park was closed to the public for four days with a three-week disruption period. The local community set up a group to oppose any further races in the park.[4]

In June 2016 Formula E announced that, on the basis of understanding between Formula E and the Battersea Park Action Group, Formula E will not return.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Green light for 'double header' London ePrix in Battersea Park". FIA Formula E. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/turn-1-entry-resurfaced.aspx
  3. ^ http://formulaspy.com/formula-e/formula-e-news/mods-turn-1-means-safety-car-start-london-eprix-16110
  4. ^ "Save Battersea Park community group". Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  5. ^ Council, Wandsworth. "Formula E - Consultation Forum meeting minutes | Wandsworth Council". www.wandsworth.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-17.