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Sao Paulo set to host ePrix in 2018

Focus | ePrix

  • Agag has managed to bring Formula E to Brazil
  • This means that di Grassi will have a home ePrix

After the Buenos Aires ePrix is put on hold for season four and Chile’s interest in hosting a race in Santiago, Brazil is likely to receive the electric street racing series in 2018 in one of its biggest cities.

Sao Paulo is set to host Formula E’s first ePrix in Brazil in 2018, after series boss Alejandro Agag has had talks with local authorities, helped by ABT Schaeffler’s driver Lucas di Grassi.

The Sambódromo do Anhembi, the carnival stadium that hosted IndyCar races between 2010 and 2013, is expected to be the base for the layout of a new track, according to Brazilian publication Grande Premio.

Grande Premio also states that Agag has already had conversations with local SPTuris, a company which manages the Sambodrome, and some of the Interlagos F1 circuit logistics supply, a part to be linked with Sao Paulo’s prefecture. Prefect Joao Doria has also participated in negotiations and has given his green light to the project, all parts were linked by di Grassi.

Apart from Anhembi, Formula E had previously considered University Town of USP (Universidade do Sao Paulo) as a possible location, but opted for the IndyCar-based layout. It is confirmed it will not feature the 1.5 km long “Marginal Tiete” straight. Olavo Fontoura Avenue is expected to be part of the track.

It is likely that the race takes part in February’s second fortnight, just after the Carnival parties are concluded right in the Sambódromo.

Francisco Aure | e-racing.net

Images courtesy of FIA Formula E Media

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