Syrian refugees force Formula E to look for new German host
Berlin's Tempelhof Airport Is Currently Occupied
The Berlin ePrix was held last May at the disused airport in the German capital, and was scheduled to take place there again this coming May. The facility opened in 1923 but ceased operating as an airport in 2008, replaced by Tegel and Schönefeld, with the new Brandenburg airport under construction. After the Formula E race was held there last year, Germany's DTM touring car series was also said to be considering holding a race there. But with the influx of refugees from war-torn Syria, authorities have used Tempelhof's hangars for temporary housing.
Notified that the closed airport is off the table for the springtime race, organizers are now reportedly considering a street race within Berlin proper or in Munich. The leading contender, however, could be the Norisring. The 1.4-mile street circuit constructed after World War II on the former Nazi Party rally grounds in Nuremberg hosts races for DTM and Formula 3, so it already has all the facilities the electric racing series could need.
Speaking with Autosport, the series' chief executive Alejandro Agag said "Germany is extremely important" to Formula E. "We have partners from there and we have teams from Germany. But also the German motor industry is so important and environmentally it's very advanced, so it's a key market."
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