City Guide: Back in Berlin

Discover Berlin with the help of ROKiT Cities on the eve of the Season 7 finale… 

Ich bin ein Berliner

With 13 races down, only two remain and this weekend, Formula E returns to Berlin to bring the curtain down on Season 7 as the championship showdown reaches its conclusion.

As the only city to host Formula E every year since the series’ inception, the sights and sounds of Berlin have become second nature but nevertheless, we’re primed to get the action underway.

Founded in 1237, Berlin first became the capital of Germany in 1871 but in its present spell, has been the capital since 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of the country in 1989.

With 3.8-million residents and an area of 890-kilometres², Berlin is also Germany’s largest city by both population and surface area and is nine times larger than Paris.

Featuring 170 museums, Berlin is acclaimed for its culture while its 1,700 bridges mean that it has more than Venice as the home to more canals than any other city in the world.

Here at ROKiT Venturi Racing, we’re in the flow of things and we’re more than ready to return to Tempelhof for one final skirmish this season.

Ready for Takeoff

Excluding Season 2, Tempelhof has been Formula E’s Berlin home since the series’ first visit in 2015 and as an iconic location, it’s a circuit we love to visit every year.

Amid the twists and turns, Tempelhof is steeped in history and from 1948-49, the now disused airport was at the very centre of the Berlin Airlift.

Prior to its closure, Tempelhof was also the first airport to feature an underground railway terminal and its main building was once one of the 20 largest buildings on Earth.

Closing in 2008, the airport was re-purposed and in 2010, became a recreational area known as Tempelhofer Feld which is the largest inner-city open space in the world.

Covering 355 hectares, Tempelhofer Feld is so large that the entire Principality of Monaco can fit inside it and with a space this big, it’s unsurprising that Berlin is the greenest city in Europe, with 46% of it made up of forests, parks and rivers.

Formula E’s Second Home

For the second successive year, Tempelhof will act as the backdrop to the season finale and as an ever-present venue on the calendar, the circuit has held more races than any other.

In Season 3, Tempelhof held Formula E’s third double-header on record but in 2021, made history by hosting the most intense finale that the motor racing world has ever seen.

After a five-month hiatus in competition, the field was re-united at the airfield as we completed an unprecedented six races on three unique circuits in the space of only nine days.

To date, Tempelhof has held 11 races, but with another double-header taking place this weekend and hosting another event next season, that tally is only going to continue growing.

The Season 7 Showdown

When the season got underway in February, the Berlin E-Prix was the race we were accelerating towards, and this weekend, we’ll bring the curtain down on Season 7.

For the first time in Formula E, a World Championship will be decided, and given the unpredictability of the campaign to date, everything is still to play for.

A total of 60 points are still up for grabs for drivers and sitting 21 points behind the current leader, our very own Edoardo Mortara is still in the hunt for the championship crown.

With the double-header also taking place on two circuit configurations, an extra layer of unpredictability has been added to the mix, meaning that the fight is far from over.

As always, we’ll be gunning for the top spot to end our most successful season to date on a high.