Formula E's new street race in Seoul looks poised to be more successful at drawing the crowds than even the short-lived Formula One Grand Prix at Yeognam, thanks to the successful city-based formula of the all-electric racing series.
The track will use the public and perimeter roads of the Jamsil Sports Complex just to the east of central Seoul, on the banks of the Han river. Uniquely, the circuit will head in and back out of the Olympic Stadium itself, with seven of the 19 corners located in front of the stadium grandstands to create an exciting amphitheatre. A temporary track will be laid inside the stadium, similar to that used in the successful Race of Champions events and over the cobbles of the Paris e Prix, creating a mix of tight turns and large braking points inside the venue.
News of the deal to bring the race to Seoul first broke in November 2018, when Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag signed a five-year agreement with Moon Jae-sik, chairman of JSM Holdings. Feasibility studies were carried out on a number of areas, including Gwanghwamun and the City Hall Square, but the Olympic Stadium circuit is thought to have won out due to the relative lack of disruption it will cause the city.
Originally due to host the race during the 2020/21 season, the Coronavirus pandemic caused the Asian races to be cancelled and the series become a largely European-based affair.
Subject to pandemic conditions allowing, however, the circuit is set to make its debut during the 2021/22 season, rounding off the calendar with a double header of races on August 13-14.
- 10 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Official website
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