Motorsport: Formula E postpones Chile races in January due to COVID-19

(Reuters) – Components E’s season-opening double header scheduled to happen in Santiago, Chile on Jan. 16-17 was postponed on Tuesday after the nation closed its borders with the UK.

Chile joined a lot of the world in shutting out Britain after a considerably extra transmissible mutated coronavirus variant was found spreading swiftly throughout southern England.

Plenty of Components E groups are primarily based within the UK and wouldn’t have been capable of journey to Chile for the races.

“In session with the Santiago municipality, the choice was taken to postpone the Santiago E-Prix,” Components E stated in a press release.

“The races will not happen as a double-header on January 16 and 17 and we’re working with the town to finalise dates on which to stage the races later in Q1 of 2021.”

The brand new dates are anticipated to be introduced in January.

In October, Components E postponed races scheduled for subsequent yr in Mexico and China. Mexico Metropolis had been attributable to host the second spherical of season seven on Feb. 13 with the Chinese language resort of Sanya pencilled in for March 13.

Whereas Components One accomplished 17 races within the 2020 season with strict restrictions in pressure at race tracks throughout Europe and the Center East, Components E has discovered it tough to organise races on avenue circuits in cities.

Earlier this yr, Components E held six races in 9 days at Berlin’s former Tempelhof airport in an effort to end the season after quite a few avenue circuit races had been cancelled because of the pandemic.

The 2020-21 season is about to be Components E’s first as an FIA-recognised championship.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris)

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