Tom Blomqvist heads to Berlin, Germany for this weekend’s season-ending rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
As the season draws to a close, Berlin will mark 15 races in eight different countries across the past five months as Formula E travels to the German capital to end the season in spectacular fashion.
Returning to the historic Berlin Tempelhof airport for the second year in succession, the 2.355km circuit winds its way around the airport’s apron - but with an added twist for 2021. On Saturday, drivers will race the circuit in its traditional anti-clockwise layout before reversing the layout for Sunday to race in the opposite direction.
Tom had fond memories of the German capital as he reached Super Pole during his one-off appearance at the Berlin E-Prix in 2020. The 27-year-old has his eyes set on another strong weekend to end the season on a high.
“It’s the last double header of the season, so hopefully we can go out on a high note,” Tom said. “It’s an energy demanding circuit that Formula E has spiced up again by having two different directions for us to race on each day, which will be interesting. It’s a track where it is slightly difficult to make a difference, it’s a unique surface, very hard on tyres and super hard on energy. It’s going to be challenging, but hopefully we can have a good qualifying, stay out of trouble in the races and maximise our package. Everyone in the team has been working super hard this year, made great progress since last season and we would just like to put it all together, keep building on what everyone has been working toward over the past months and have a strong result for the team.”
With two circuit layouts to contend with throughout the weekend, Tom and the team are set for a busy few days of action - beginning on Friday afternoon with Free Practice 1 at 17:00 local time (16:00 BST). Continuing with an early start at 08:00 (07:00) for Free Practice 2 on Saturday morning, Qualifying soon follows at 10:00 (09:00) with the penultimate round of the championship getting underway at 14:00 (13:00).
Returning to race the alternative layout on Sunday, another early start beckons with Free Practice 1 at 08:00 (07:00) followed by Free Practice 2 shortly after at 09:30 (08:30). Qualifying for Round 15 then follows mid-morning at 11:30 (10:30) before the final race of the season begins at 15:30 (14:30).
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As usual, viewers in the UK can catch all of the action on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website across the weekend. Saturday’s race will also be broadcast live on QUEST (Freeview 12/ Sky 144/ Virgin 169) whilst Sunday’s season finale will also be viewable on BBC Two.
Image courtesy of NIO 333 FE Team.