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Inaugural Seoul E-Prix Set for May 2020 Date

Seoul E-Prix set to take May 2020 date, in the middle of Formula E’s European leg…

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The first ever Seoul E-Prix is set to be run in early May next year, splitting the traditional European leg of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

E-racing365 revealed in September that the South Korean capital is set to host a Formula E race in Season Six, which is due to begin with the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

A deal to race in Seoul has been concluded and is likely to take place on either May 2 or May 9, with the date set to be confirmed at the World Motor Sport Council on June 14 when the full 2019-20 schedule is announced.

Should the race be confirmed for May 2 it would directly clash with the penultimate round of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa.

The Seoul E-Prix will be the first high-profile international motor race in the country since the last running of the South Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam in 2013.

Its positioning on the calendar will come between the Paris and Berlin E-Prixs, effectively taking the slot held by Monaco this season, with the principality holding a race every two years.

It’s understood that Formula E initially wanted to run the Seoul race as an extension to the Asian leg of the calendar in March 2020, but concerns about the weather at that time of year pushed it back two months.

Hong Kong and another Asian race, which is likely to again be Sanya, are in prime position to be slotted into the calendar in March before the Formula E paddock heads to Rome and Paris for the beginning of its European leg.

“I’m convinced that [holding Seoul in May] won’t cause any major issues,” BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt told e-racing365.

“The Asian market in general is a very important one for BMW and the other manufacturers. Therefore, South Korea definitely is an interesting venue.”

Some teams have expressed concern about a repeat trip to Asia disrupting the European leg because it is likely to affect testing schedules for the following season.

“If that happens and we race in Seoul next May it is a key one because it is starting to be in the testing window, so getting the definitive date confirmed will be important for everybody,” Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team principal Allan McNish told e-racing365.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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