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Formula E returns to China

Formula E will return to China after it was confirmed today (Tuesday) that Sanya will host an event during the 2018-19 season of the electric car-racing series.

The Sanya ePrix will be the sixth round of the 2018-19 campaign and has been scheduled for March 23. Sanya takes one of the two vacant slots on Formula E’s recently released calendar for next season.

China staged Formula E events during the series’ first two seasons, with Beijing playing host on both occasions, including the inaugural race.

The Sanya course will be set against the backdrop of Haitang Bay, with further details of the track layout to be revealed at a later date.

Subject to approval from the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Motor Sport Council, the race will be the second of two Asian events on the 2018-19 calendar, alongside the Hong Kong ePrix on March 10.

Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, said: “Bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship back to Mainland China is an important step in a key territory for the series and a market that’s instrumental to the continued development and uptake of electric vehicles globally.

“Sanya is an idyllic setting for a Formula E race – not just with the stunning views on the shores of the South China Sea – but for the ongoing efforts of Hainan in the field of electric mobility, which has led to Sanya boasting the best air quality of any city in China.”

The one remaining vacant slot on next season’s calendar is the third round, which this year was held in Santiago. The Autosport.com website reported that Formula E is close to agreeing a return to the Chilean capital for next year, although the race will be held at a new track following logistical problems during this year’s race, as well as opposition to the event from local residents.