As the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship rolls into London for the first time since 2016, Tom Blomqvist is gearing up for his home race around the streets of the British capital.
Racing in and around London’s Royal Docks and ExCel exhibition centre, Tom will wind his way both inside and outside of the ExCel - a first for top-level international motorsport.
The unique 2.252km London circuit features 22 corners, seven of which are located inside the exhibition centre. With stark elevation changes and a tight, twisting hairpin section at turns 10 and 11, viewers can expect plenty of action throughout the weekend.
Arriving in London after a difficult weekend in New York City, Tom and the NIO 333 team are looking to bounce back and aim for the points across the weekend’s pair of 45-minute races.
“We have a short turnaround after New York,” Tom said. “It is great that we can finally return to London, as it’s another iconic city. It’s really cool that Formula E gets to race in the capital again after so many years. The circuit looks super tight, twisty and technical, with slow speed sections, so it’s going to be quite challenging in terms of getting the car set up right and overtaking might be slightly difficult from what I have seen running on the sim. But, I think that it’s going to be another typical Formula E event – you’ve got to maximise what you’ve got. The track is going to pose new challenges, and we just have to keep our heads down and not lose faith. As a team we are giving it our all, as we have been doing all season long, and hopefully in London we can nip a few more points and have a good weekend.”
With a slightly altered schedule for the weekend, the track action will begin on Friday evening with the opening Free Practice session at 17:00. A busy Saturday will then see Free Practice 2 take place at 09:00 with Qualifying following at 11:00. The first E-Prix of the weekend will then get underway at 15:00 on Saturday afternoon.
Returning on Sunday, Tom and the team will make use of a third and final Free Practice session at 08:00, followed by Qualifying at 10:00. The green flag for Round 13 of the championship will fly at 14:00.
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Coverage of the weekend will be available on the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and Eurosport as usual. Viewers will also be able to watch both races live on Channel 4 on Saturday and Sunday for the very first time.
Image courtesy of NIO 333 FE Team.