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Climate change protesters storm Formula E race in Berlin despite cars being fully electric

Bynewsmagzines

Apr 23, 2023
Climate change protesters storm Formula E race in Berlin despite cars being fully electric

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Climate change protesters interrupted the start of the Berlin Formula E Grand Prix, despite the cars being fully electric.

Drivers were performing pre-race burnouts before finding their grid slots when two individuals were seen climbing the fence at the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit.

One protester was seen climbing the fence

@AufstandLastGen

One protester was seen climbing the fence

Another had already made it onto the track and sat in front of a car

@AufstandLastGen

Another had already made it onto the track and sat in front of a car

The duo then sat on the track in front of cars as stewards rushed out to remove them from the race surface.

The start procedure was delayed, but the second race of the weekend in Germany was able to go ahead without any further hitches as Envision Racing’s Nick Cassidy took victory.

Last year’s British Formula 1 Grand Prix saw a similar incident when climate protesters stormed the Silverstone circuit during the first lap of the race.

However, unlike F1, Formula E cars are fully electric and the FE Gen3 race car features what the FIA call “the most advanced, sustainable batteries ever made”.

Nevertheless, German climate change activist group Letzte Generation [Last Generation] took responsibility for the protest amid a weekend of organised events in Berlin.

“We are at the @eFORMELde racetrack to sound the alarm,” the group wrote on Twitter.

A steward tried to interfere with his flag

@AufstandLastGen

A steward tried to interfere with his flag

The duo sat down on the circuit

@AufstandLastGen

The duo sat down on the circuit

But were quickly removed

@AufstandLastGen

But were quickly removed


“It’s time to slow down. Because we’re on the highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.

“In the emergency we are in right now and the disaster we are heading towards, we need to go into emergency mode now.

“In order to protect our livelihoods, we now need an emergency brake from the federal government.”

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