Circuit type: Temporary street course
A new addition for the 2016/17 Formula E calendar, the Brussels ePrix marks the first event for the electric racers in Belgium. The track ticks the usual boxes for the series, being located in the heart of the city, circling the Parc Elisabeth and with the famous Basilica de Koekelberg as a backdrop.
Originally the race had been due to use a course based around the city's Expo site and next to the King Baudouin Stadium, with the famous Atomium building as a backdrop. However a clashing cultural festival scheduled for the same weekend in the Heysel area forced a change of venue.
The new location has been sampled by Jaguar reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung, who drove the proposed layout before Christmas 2016. He gave a cautious thumbs up to the design, saying: "It is a very nice area where the track is, and my impression is that it will be wide enough and have enough interesting features to host a very memorable race."
The initial layout, as revealed by the Belgian host broadcaster and then confirmed on the event's website, places the paddock in front of the cathedral, with the eVillage located within the Parc Elisabeth. The start finished is located on the Avenue des Gloires Nationales, which runs between the park and shops and houses - a particularly narrow section bordered by trees on the parkside. The Avenue du Panthéon on the opposite side is slightly wider, though it brings the additional headache of a tramline, which the course must cross just after Turn 9.
Final permits are still to be signed off by the city and the FIA but nevertheless, the race appears set to take place on July 1. Local news reports state that the fee for hosting the race is around €1.5 million, with the Cecoforma Events & Communication company promoting the race.
The Brussels ePrix Circuit is located in the Koekelberg municipality of the Belgian capital. Brussels Airport is around 25 minutes' drive away.
Access to the circuit is straightforward from the city centre along the R20 (though there may well be restrictions in place during the ePrix as the course encircles one of the Basilica entrances/exits to the Leopold II Tunnel). Public transport options include the metro system; the Elisabeth underground station is located close to the Turn 5 hairpin. Regular buses and trams also operate to the Koekelberg municipality - check transport operator STIB-MIVB for details.