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Punta del Este announced as Sao Paulo replacement

The Punta del Este ePrix will return to the Formula E calendar as Sao Paulo’s replacement after the race was postponed.

The maiden Brazilian round of the all-electric series was pushed back to 2019 at the request of the event organisers, as the privatisation of the land the race would be held on had not yet been completed.

The race will be held on March 17, taking Sao Paulo’s original spot for the 2017/18 calendar which remains at 14 races through 11 events, as approved by the World Motor Sport Council at a meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag revealed that he had kept Punta del Este as a back-up in case any issues with the Sao Paulo track were to arise.

Punta del Este hosted two Formula E races for the first two seasons before being dropped for the 2016/17 season.

Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne made his Formula E debut as the Uruguay race, putting his Andretti on pole position but running out of energy in the race meant he retired.

Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi has won both of the races the circuit has held, and is the only driver to have a 100% win record at a track.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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