Formula E cancels Hyderabad race, cites breach of contract by Telangana authorities

Formula E cancels the Hyderabad race due to contract breach, leaving motorsport enthusiasts disappointed. Read about the abrupt decision impacting India’s only 2024 World Championship event.

Formula E made an unexpected announcement regarding the cancellation of the second Formula E race scheduled to take place in Hyderabad next month, alongside giving notice to the Telangana authorities for breach of contract.

The update to the Season 10 race calendar included the removal of the Hyderabad race (Round 4), originally set for February 10. This decision stemmed from the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department (MAUD) of the Telangana government choosing not to honor the Host City Agreement, signed on October 30, 2023.

Formula E Operations (FEO) found itself compelled to formally notify MAUD of the breach of contract. FEO is evaluating its options and potential actions as per the Host City Agreement and relevant laws, reserving all rights in this regard, the statement mentioned.

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The Hyderabad E-Prix would have stood as the sole official FIA World Championship event in India for 2024, forming part of a multi-year agreement between Formula E and the Government of Telangana.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar for Season 10 includes confirmed host cities like Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin, Monaco, and London. The season begins on January 13 with the Hankook Mexico City E-Prix.

Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer of Formula E, expressed disappointment, saying, “We are incredibly disheartened for the substantial motorsport following in India. Hosting an official motorsport world championship race holds immense significance for Hyderabad and the entire country.”

Jeff Dodds, CEO of Formula E, voiced frustration, stating, “It’s deeply regrettable that we cannot continue from the success of last year’s inaugural race, which significantly benefited the region with almost 84 million USD in positive economic impact.”

The decision not to proceed with the Formula E race followed a change in leadership in Telangana the previous month. Last year, the inaugural race took place in February when the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) government spearheaded efforts to bring motorsport to Hyderabad.

The track, spanning 2.8 kilometers and encompassing 18 turns, was constructed alongside Hussain Sagar Lake, utilizing existing roads for vehicular traffic. The race witnessed the participation of 11 teams and 22 drivers.

-IANS

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