The airport "was due to host a round of the championship for a second successive year next May, but two of its hangars are now being used by the German government to house refugees." Around 800 people fleeing from countries in conflict, such as Syria, "are currently being sheltered there," while as many as 1,200 "could eventually be accommodated."
Formula E has reportedly "received official confirmation the Tempelhof cannot be used for the May 21 event," and the championship is evaluating using the Norisring in Nuremberg or a potential new venue in Berlin or Munich instead.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag: "I am actively looking for other venues, my team is looking in Germany. The Norisring would be pretty cool. It's a proper racing place. That's nice, it's like racing in Monaco, or Long Beach. It's an option. But Berlin is an option, Munich is an option also. We have different conversations on at the moment."
A decision on the replacement German round "is a high priority for the series with less than six months to go." Agag believes the venue that is chosen as the Tempelhof replacement "will not be as difficult logistically." Agag: "We have all the walls and fences from Berlin, so if we have a race in Munich or Berlin we at least have all the hardware." Autosport