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Punta del Este Rejoins Formula E Schedule as Replacement for Sao Paulo

By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer

With FIA Formula E’s planned trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil delayed until at least 2019, the all-electric series is set to head back to a familiar location next March – Punta del Este.

The FIA announced Wednesday that the March 17 date previously slated for Brazil will instead by hosted by Punta del Este, Uruguay. The race will serve as the sixth round of the 2017-18 Formula E season.

Sao Paulo’s exit comes just days after a report from Reuters that the city’s planned race would require a delay after authorities were unable to find a buyer for the venue in time for the March 2018 event.

Formula E previously competed at Punta del Este as part of Seasons One and Two, with Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi proving victorious in both races. Other drivers that have claimed podiums in Uruguay include Nelson Piquet Jr. (2014), Lucas di Grassi (2014, ’15) and Jerome D’Ambrosio (2015).

The announcement came after a Dec. 6 meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris, France, wherein the amendment to the schedule was made official.

The council also confirmed the 2018 schedules for various tours within the FIA, including the Formula One World Championship, World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship.

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A contributing writer for Motorsports Tribune, Aaron Bearden emerged onto the racing journalism scene in 2014 after growing up with the sport. A native Hoosier, Bearden’s attended races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since he was three years old. He can be found at race tracks across the U.S., and on social media at @AaronBearden93.