Hyderabad To Host First Formula E Race

Formula E will make its way to India for the first time ever with a race scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on February 11 next year


Formula E will make its way to India for the first time ever with a race scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on February 11 next year, the organisers have confirmed.

According to a report by PTI earlier this month, the race in Hyderabad will mark the first major international racing event to be conducted in the nation since the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in October 2013.

Brazil will also host the E-Prix for the first time on March 25 alongside India as Formula E and the FIA unveiled the preliminary schedule for the 2019 ninth season (2022-23).

"Two major motorsport fanbases will welcome E-Prix for the first time. Round 4 of the championship will be held in Hyderabad, India, on 11 February, while fans in Brazil will see the Sao Paulo E-Prix on 25 March for Round 7," a media release stated.

The Telangana government and Formula E representatives signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to hold the event in Hyderabad earlier this year. The Formula E event will significantly aid Telangana's administration in its mission to turn the state into a center for electric vehicles. The race should also provide Indian motorsports a huge boost, as they have desperately needed a high-profile event ever since Formula 1 was discontinued after three seasons.

The Season 9 calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is our most extensive and dynamic racing program ever, and I cannot wait to get started, stated Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer, Formula E.

"We will continue to push the international boundaries of all-electric street racing with E-Prix in Hyderabad and Sao Paulo, while maintaining the hugely-popular races in Diriyah, Mexico City, Berlin, Monaco, Rome, and London with Jakarta and Seoul now established on the calendar.

"We are also working hard to include Cape Town and a race in the USA when the provisional calendar is updated later this year."

The only city to host an E-Prix in each of the championship's nine seasons in Berlin, although Formula E will return to Seoul and Jakarta after their maiden events this year. The following season, Jakarta will play host to a larger doubleheader of races.The well-liked night race doubleheader will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on January 27 and 28. While the remaining races on the schedule are held in Monaco, Rome, and London.

The FIA-sanctioned world championship has expanded quickly over the years and features participation from the top automakers in the world, including Mercedes, Porsche, Nissan, and India's Mahindra Racing, which has competed in the all-electric series since it began in 2014. The sole Indian driver that participated in the competition was Karun Chandhok. The race calendar mainly consists of makeshift street circuits which are public roads on other days. (PTI)

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