Punta Del Este has been confirmed at today’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting as the replacement for the postponed Sao Paulo E-Prix on March 17.
The coastal resort town in Uruguay held two E-Prixs in 2014 and 2015, each of the races being won by Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi.
The venue, which has been on unofficial standby should a problem occur with another location, has stepped in after the Sao Paulo event had to be delayed until 2019 due to local political and legislative issues.
The 1.7-mile circuit, running along the seafront, hosted TC2000 races prior to the first Formula E event in 2014.
Jean-Eric Vergne, who was the first driver to claim a pole position at the Uruguayan venue, is relishing returning to the track next March.
“I like the place, it has a great ambience and the track is good, we have seen some nice races there,” he told e-racing365.
“Personally I have good memories there from my first race. I think if we had to have a reserve race, then Punta is perfect.”
2017/18 FIA Formula E Schedule (Revised):
Dec. 2-3 — Hong Kong*
Jan. 13 — Marrakesh
Feb. 3 — Santiago
March 3 — Mexico
March 17 — Punta del Este
April 14 — Rome
April 28 — Paris
May 19 — Berlin
June 10 — Zurich
July 14-15 — New York*
July 28-29 — Montreal*