Uruguay’s Punta del Este replaces São Paulo Formula E race

All-electric racing series will return to familiar venue for first time since 2015.

Uruguay’s Punta del Este replaces São Paulo Formula E race

Punta del Este in Uruguay has been chosen to replace the Brazilian city of São Paulo on the 2017/18 Formula E race calendar.

The decision was confirmed at the International Automobile Federation (FIA) World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris, France, after São Paulo’s authorities requested that the city’s Formula E debut be postponed until 2019 because they are in the process of selling off the venue which was due to host the all-electric racing series.

The resort city of Punta del Este previously staged Formula E races in seasons one and two, and this season’s event will take place on a 2.785 kilometre course along Playa Brava Beach on 17th March 2018, marking the championship’s first leg in Uruguay since 2015.

“It’s the most unique track with a lot of quick, tight chicanes,” said Sebastien Buemi, who has won both Formula E races staged in Punta del Este. “It’s a very high-speed circuit, which I enjoy.”

Formula E’s fourth season got underway in Hong Kong on 2nd December, and the 2017/18 campaign features debuts for the Chilean capital of Santiago and Rome in Italy, while the first ever Zürich ePrix will see motorsport return to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years.