The organizers have confirmed that Formula E will travel to India for the first time, with the race scheduled for February 11 next year in Hyderabad.
The Hyderabad race will be the first major international racing event to be held in the country since the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix in October 2013 at the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi.
Along with India, Brazil will also host the E-Prix for the first time on March 25 as Formula E and the FIA have released a provisional calendar for the upcoming ninth season (2022-23).
“Two major motorsports fanbases will embrace the E-Prix for the first time. Stage 4 of the championship will take place in Hyderabad, India on February 11, while fans in Brazil will see the E-Prix in Sao Paulo on March 25 as part of Stage 7. ,” the media report says.
Earlier this year, the Telangana government and Formula E officials signed a letter of intent in Hyderabad to host the race. The Telangana government is committed to making the state a hub for electric vehicles, and Formula E racing will go a long way toward achieving that goal.
The race should also give a big boost to Indian motorsport, which has been in dire need of a high-profile event since Formula 1 was shut down after three seasons.
Alberto Longo, co-founder and head of the Formula E Championship, said: “The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Season 9 calendar is our most extensive and dynamic racing schedule and I can’t wait to get started.
“We will continue to push the international boundaries of all-electric street racing with E-Prix in Hyderabad and Sao Paulo while maintaining the hugely popular racing in Diria, Mexico City, Berlin, Monaco, Rome and London with Jakarta and Seoul. set in the calendar.
The FIA-sanctioned World Championship has grown rapidly over the years and features the world’s top automakers including Mercedes, Porsche, Nissan and India’s Mahindra Racing, which has been part of the all-electric series since its inception in 2014.
Karun Chandhok is the only Indian rider to have raced.