Uruguay replaces Brazil on Formula E calendar
Formula E is returning to Uruguay for the first time in three years after the FIA, motor sport’s international governing body, announced that Punta del Este would replace Sao Paulo on the electric motor racing series’ 2017-18 calendar.
The street circuit, which is located along Punta del Este’s harbour, will stage the sixth round of the season on 17 March next year.
The Punta del Este race was part of Formula E's inaugural season in 2014 and the circuit returned for a second edition in 2015.
Punta del Este is now stepping in to replace Sao Paulo, which was due to make its Formula E debut next year.
The Brazilian race was postponed to 2019 because of the ongoing privatisation of Anhembi Park, the convention space that was due to host the event.
The venue is part of an R$7-billion ($2.1-billion) privatisation package of real estate that is being sought by the local government in an attempt to improve the city’s finances amid the country’s continuing financial crisis.
This package also includes the Autódromo José Carlos Pace circuit in Sao Paulo, home of Formula 1’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Sao Paulo ePrix was one of three new rounds on the Formula E calendar this season. Santiago in Chile and Rome in Italy also join the schedule for 2017-18.
The next round of the Formula E season will be the Marrakesh ePrix on 13 January.