Santiago will return to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship schedule in Season Five with a new track layout in the Chilean capital.
The series confirmed that the Santiago E-Prix will move from its original location north of the city’s downtown district to the grounds of Parque O’Higgins to the south.
It will take up the Jan. 26 ‘TBA’ spot for round three on the 2018-19 schedule, slotting between Marrakesh on Jan. 12 and Mexico City in February.
The confirmed date establishes a clash with the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which four current drivers – Robin Frijns, Sam Bird, Alexander Sims and Antonio Felix da Costa – raced in this year.
“We’re very happy because Formula E returns to Chile in January,” said Chile minister for sport Pauline Kantor.
“It’s great news for all, because it means that we’re up to the task as a country to organize big events, which also gives us a lot of visibility and makes Chile shine outside.
“It’s very good news not only in sports, but also for tourism – it means that we can project our country to all parts of the world.”
The new 14-turn course, which is subject to approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, takes in the central roads of the city’s second-largest public park and passes by the Movistar Arena stadium.
“Now we’re changing the location, we learned and we listened to the neighbors – we’re talking with them to mitigate the negative externalities that means organizing this event inside Parque O’Higgins,” said Santiago mayor Felipe Alessandri.
“Therefore, the work is done during the day and retaining open access – swimming pools and recreational areas still in operation.
“As happened in Parque Forestal, the monies obtained by the concept of municipal rights are invested in projects that improve the quality of life for residents – such as the installation of new public lighting, recovery of facades, bollards and improvements to playgrounds, pet areas and the installation of an exercise zone.”
Season Four champion Jean-Eric Vergne won the inaugural Santiago E-Prix earlier this year, leading home Techeetah team-mate Andre Lotterer for the championship’s first ever 1-2 result.
Title sponsor Antofagasta Minerals will once again support the event as well as expanding its role to serve as an official partner of Formula E.