Sao Paulo’s For­mula E round post­poned to 2019

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

(Reuters) - Sao Paulo’s first For­mula E race has been post­poned to 2019 be­cause the Brazil­ian city’s au­thor­i­ties are in the process of sell­ing off the planned venue.

“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,” said a spokesper­son for the all-elec­tric se­ries on Thurs­day.

“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 stand-by un­til the pri­va­ti­za­tion process is com­plete.”

For­mula E’s fourth sea­son starts in Hong Kong on Satur­day, with Sao Paulo orig­i­nally sched­uled for March 17 next year as the fifth round of the 14 race sea­son.

Brazil cur­rently has two For­mula E driv­ers with the in­au­gu­ral cham­pion Nel­son Pi­quet Ju­nior and ti­tle holder Lu­cas di Grassi.

The Sao Paulo race was one of four new venues on the cal­en­dar along with Rome, Zurich and the Chilean cap­i­tal of San­ti­ago.

For­mula E said a re­place­ment for the Brazil­ian round would be pre­sented to the gov­ern­ing In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion (FIA) in Paris next week.

Sao Paulo city au­thor­i­ties are also in the process of privatizing the In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit that hosts the Brazil­ian For­mula One Grand Prix.

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