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Season 7 to Open in Santiago with Double-Header, Mexico and China Postponed

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to race in the Parque O’Higgins in Santiago, Chile, on this occasion, serving as host for the series season-opener and in its inaugural campaign as a World Championship, but that´s not all.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will electrify the city streets of Santiago with a doubleheader event on Chilean soil.

In mid-June, Formula E released a provisional calendar for its 2020/2021 season, comprising fourteen rounds in twelve cities.

Today, an updated Season 7 calendar has been announced, confirming the first double-header event on Chilean soil and the postponement of the rounds in Mexico and China.

The back-to-back races in Santiago are scheduled for January 16 and 17 and will be held behind closed doors for health and safety purposes.

Then, the championship sets off to Saudi Arabia, where the series will run another double-header in Diriyah – as previously established, scheduled for February 26 and 27.

The all-electric series has also revealed that the event in Diriyah is expected to be celebrated with the presence of spectators.

However, the rounds in Mexico City and Sanya in China – first set for February 13 and March 13, respectively, have been postponed until later in the year by the organizers.

We are focused on racing in as many of our international host cities as possible, sticking as closely to our planned and previously announced calendar as we can.

In all decision-making, we prioritize the health and safety of our staff and the entire Formula E community of teams, manufacturers, partners, drivers, and fans, as well as the citizens and residents of the cities in which we race.”

The initial provisional calendar follows with races in Rome and Paris in April, returning to Monaco in May, and continuing to Seoul in South Korea by the end of the month.

The location of the race set in the calendar for June 5 is yet to be confirmed; the series would next head to Germany to then return to New York City in July.

Season 7 would be rounded off, with a double-header event in London, Uk, on July 24 and 25.

But, all of the races following the double-header in Diriyah, will now be confirmed in early 2021.

The recent statement on the calendar update remarks: “Formula E and the FIA will be confirming an updated calendar of races in sets.

And further explains: “Formula E will continue to work with local authorities to monitor the situation and is in constant communication with its community of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters, and drivers.”

Last season, the Santiago E-Prix was the third round in the 2019/2020 calendar; BMW I Andretti Motorsport´s Maximilian Guenther won the race, followed by reigning champion DS Techeetah´s Antonio Felix da Costa and Panasonic Jaguar Racing´s Mitch Evans in third.

Image courtesy of Formula E Media.

About Cecilia Demartini
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