2015 Berlin ePrix starting grid
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2015 Berlin ePrix
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2015 Formula E Berlin ePrix
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Berlin ePrix
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Formula E Berlin ePrix
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Formula E Berlin
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Formula E Berlin Tempehof
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2015 Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix
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2015 DHL Berlin ePrix
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DHL Berlin ePrix
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Formula E at Berlin Tempelhof
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Formula E at Berlin Tempelhof Airport
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Formula E at Tempelhof Airport
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Formula E at Berlin Airport
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Berlin-Tempelhof Airport
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2015 FIA Formula E Berlin
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2015 FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix
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2015 FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix podium
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2015 FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix winner
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Formula E was set to return to the Berlin-Tempelhof airport this season. But with two of the hangars at the airport being used to house refugees from Syria, organizers are scrambling to find an alternate venue. And that could mean switching to a permanent racing circuit.

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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