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Mexico City joins Formula E calendar

The Formula E electric auto racing championship has completed its 2015-16 calendar by announcing Mexico City as a new destination in the Americas.

The Mexican capital has been confirmed as the host city for round five of the ongoing championship, subject to approval from the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in December.

The Mexico City ePrix will take place on March 12, 2016. The track is approximately 2.14km in length and subject to FIA track homologation. It will use part of the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which returned to hosting top-level motorsport earlier this month with Formula One’s Mexican Grand Prix and will provide seating for around 40,000 fans.

The 2015-16 Formula E season commenced with the Chinese ePrix in Beijing on October 24. In July, Paris was confirmed as Monaco’s replacement for Formula E’s second season, with organisers stating they remained in talks to retain four races in the Americas after Miami lost its place on the 2015-16 calendar.

Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag said: “This is one of the world’s great cities, with a rich heritage and passion for motorsport. I’m confident the fans will create an amazing atmosphere and make the Mexico City ePrix one of the most memorable races of the season.”

Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City, added: “Staging events such as Formula E is helping to make Mexico City one of the ‘sports capitals’ of the world. After the success of the Formula One grand prix, the addition of the Formula E race shows that the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack is the perfect place for all kinds of racing events and is a key part of the work that the Mexico City government has undertaken to enhance our tourist attractions.”