Berlin's Formula E race is to switch locations to a new street circuit in the centre of the city. The 2.030km circuit, which remains subject to approval from the Berlin city authorities, and FIA track homologation, will feature 11 turns and wind its way around Strausberger Platz and towards Alexanderplatz with the pitlane on Karl-Marx-Allee.
The switch has been force on the championship organisers after last year's venue, the historic Tempelhof Airfield, was taken over by German authorities as a refugee centre to house people from the migration crisis.
The new venue has as its backdrop Alexanderplatz - a large public square and transport hub - and is also close to the Fernsehturm, the second tallest structure in the European Union. Formula E is working with the Berlin authorities to secure the necessary permits and approvals in time for the event to take place on May 21.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: "It is fantastic news that we have been able to find a new location to race in Berlin and I want to thank everybody who has been involved in making this happen for all their hard work in such a short space of time.
The move to the new venue was welcomed by Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Daniel Abt: "Formula E hasn't only come up with a tremendous alternative location in Berlin but created a circuit with a lot of character. The configuration looks interesting and, with its long straights and hairpin turns, seems to be promising a thrilling race as well.
"When we were in Berlin last time we visited a restaurant and a bar near Alexanderplatz - and now we're going to race in exactly this part of the city. Now that the circuit has been announced, I'm even more excited about my home round."
Tickets for round eight of the FIA Formula E Championship are now on sale with prices starting from 20 Euros. Discounted early bird offers are available for all tickets purchased before April 29.