There was something dystopian and zeitgeisty about Formula E’s finale at an imposing and completely fan- free Tempelhof airport in Berlin. A residency of six races
over nine days, encircled by the moribund vast hangars and former check-in areas of what used to be the world’s largest airport was perhaps the strangest location for a championship ever to be concluded.
Tempelhof, scene of the infamous Berlin airlift operation just after the end of the Second World War, has held Formula E races for five of the all-electric series’ six seasons.
But it had never hosted anything quite like this. The decision had essentially been made for FE to be at the facility because a relative lack of alternative venues were unable to offer the adaptability that Tempelhof could.
Algarve, Silverstone and Assen were also briefly considered, but by mid-June the teams had received their race cars back from storage in Valencia and three double-header events were announced for early August to bolt on to the five races that had been conducted from November 2019 to February 2020.