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Sao Paulo Close to Season Six Race Deal

An E-Prix in Sao Paulo could finally become reality in the next few months…

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Sao Paulo is back in serious contention for a slot on the the ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar in Season Six.

The Brazilian city, which is the most populated in the southern hemisphere, has a renewed bid in place to be on next season’s calendar with a race that could take place in early 2020.

E-racing365 has discovered that parties from the city recently attended the Formula E rounds in Santiago and Rome.

Lucas di Grassi is heavily involved in the plans and has been instrumental in finding the right location and designing the provisional track layout.

“I’ve been working very hard and if they do it in Sao Paulo it’s my track design, roughly,” di Grassi told e-racing365 in Rome.

“I have given them the layout and said this circuit will be feasible, its safe and it doesn’t disturb too much people. I then went to talk to the mayor and to some potential investors for the race and yes, it’s looking pretty good.”

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver did however state that a deal was not completed and there were still some significant negations to come.

Should one be found then a likely South American double-header with Santiago would take place in late January/early February.

“At the moment it’s not done and there are commercial issues which need to be sorted, the dates have to be sorted, but it’s looking promising and I hope it goes in the right direction,” di Grassi explained.

E-racing365 understands that the latest negotiations which took place in Rome last weekend were positive and that prospects of a first ever E-Prix in Brazil are as close as they have ever been.

Formula E co-founder Alberto Longo stated that South America is an important marketplace for the championship, which has held two races on the continent in every season apart from 2016-17 and the current campaign, with races in Santiago, Punta del Este and Buenos Aires.

“We have a lot of traction from not only our partners, our sponsors, but also from the teams to come to do another race in South America, especially in Brazil and we are looking into the options to race there very soon,” Longo told e-racing365 in Santiago.

In addition to the commercial and industry links with Brazil, the Formula E field currently includes two drivers – di Grassi and Felipe Massa – from Sao Paolo.

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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