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Sao Paulo E-Prix Postponed to Season Five

The Sao Paulo round of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship is set to be postponed until 2019…

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The Sao Paulo round of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship has been postponed until 2019, series officials confirmed on Thursday.

The Brazilian race, scheduled for March 17, has been put on hold after legislative issues at the Anhembi Park location came to light last week.

 

“The Sao Paulo city authorities have asked us to postpone the race to Season Five due to an ongoing process of privatization of the Anhembi Park venue,” a Formula E spokesperson said.

“Racing in city centers always poses challenges and as this process is taking longer than expected, in agreement with the city of Sao Paulo, we’ve decided to place negotiations on standby until the privatization process is complete, with the city specifying their desire to be considered on the calendar for next year.”

Alberto Longo, the Deputy CEO and Managing Director of Formula E, was at the location last week trying to resolve the issues but the realization that the race could not take place in March has forced the postponement.

A replacement race is expected to be announced at the FIA World Motorsports Council meeting in Paris next week.

E-racing365 understands that a race in South America will happen and that a return to Punta del Este in Uruguay is currently the favorite.

The coastal venue nearby Montevideo was touted as an informal substitute should a replacement event have been needed in Season Three.

Punta del Este hosted two E-Prix’s in Season One and Two, with Sebastien Buemi taking victories in both events.

Sam Smith is e-racing365’s Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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