For most it came as a surprise that Rio de Janeiro was dropped from the Formula E calendar after the FIA World Motor Sport Council had decided that the Brazilian city would not host a race of the fully-electric racing series during the first season. Another change to the calendar appeared: both North American rounds have been switched. Now, Miami will stage the first US race instead of Los Angeles.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, told Sports Business Daily that there will probably be news in the next weeks about the replacement of the Rio race. “We are in touch with two cities for a replacement, actually both in North America”, Agag revealed.
Agag told SBD Global that the race was postponed in order to give local authorities more time to put the track together. Also, Brazil is preparing for this summer’s FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Agag: “The track is in a very central location in Rio. And with basically all at the same time, it would have created too much disruption. So we decided to postpone it for a year or two.”
The race was originally scheduled in November, but the replacement of the Brazilian event will be hosted in February. Climate wise, this would indicate that a new event should be organised in the South East part of the United States of America. A possible race in New York, which was rumoured lately, should wait at least another year.
Check the current Formula E calendar.