Formula E calls off 2024 Hyderabad round

All-electric series considering position after local authorities fail to fulfil host city agreement.
  • Formula E claims local authorities are in breach of contract
  • Series had signed multi-year agreement to race in Hyderabad

Formula E has cancelled its race in Hyderabad, India, after local authorities failed to fulfil the host city agreement.

The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department (MAUD), under the control of the Government of Telangana, has decided to renege on the original agreement signed on 30th October last year, according to a Formula E statement.

The all-electric series is now considering its position after formally giving notice that MAUD is in breach of contract. The series will evaluate what steps it may take under the agreement and applicable laws.

“It is deeply frustrating that we cannot build on the success of the inaugural race last year, which delivered almost US$84 million in positive economic impact to the region,” said Jeff Dodds, chief executive of Formula E.

“We are also disappointed for our major Indian partners, particularly Mahindra and Tata Communications. Racing in Hyderabad was important to showcase the benefits of adopting electric vehicles in a market where pollution from vehicle engines has a massive impact on public health and the environment.”

The Race reports that the empty slot will not be filled, meaning the Formula E schedule this season will be reduced to 16 races. There will now be a seven-week gap between the third and fourth rounds of the campaign.

The Hyderabad E-Prix would have been the only official International Automobile Federation (FIA) world championship event in India in 2024. The race was part of a multi-year agreement between Formula E and the Government of Telangana.

BlackBook says…

This is a disappointing development for Formula E and one that is clearly out of its control. Even so, it forms part of a worrying trend for the series.

Of the six newest races to be added to the schedule, only Portland and São Paulo have returned for a second outing.

Racing in city centres can often throw up this risk of variability, especially when it’s a new event. Formula E’s shift towards racing on traditional circuits can benefit its schedule planning moving forward, while helping its overall image with traditional motorsport fans.

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