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Formula E won’t be coming back to South Africa

Despite being voted the best race of 2023 out of 17 races around the globe, the Formula E world championship won’t be coming back to South Africa in 2024, with a possible return scheduled for 2025.

Speaking to eNCA, Iain Banner, c

“The announcement that we have to make is that the calendar for next season is coming out and Cape Town isn’t on the calendar,” said Banner.

“The reason for that is quite simple, this is an enormous undertaking and we’ve decided to drive for 2025. It’s only 16 months away and gives us the time to put our programme together and to deliver an even bigger and better and more exciting event in Feb ’25.”

Formula E made its first appearance on the African continent in February this year in Cape Town and was the fastest track to ever feature in the sport, stretching for 2.94km over 12 corners with the quickest driver of the day managing a lap time of 1 minute and 7.848 seconds at an average speed of 154km/h.

The race is a celebration

The 2023 Cape Town Formula E was a “celebration” of e-mobility and also played host to the launch of the Go Green Africa and Formula Student Africa organisations, and it was the stage for Africa’s Green Economy Summit.

All of these initiatives will continue throughout 2024 with an aim to become bigger and more impactful by the time the next race takes place, said Banner.

Fortunately, he said that all the teams, drivers, and sponsors are also keen to return to Cape Town and that they are in the advanced stages of finalising the commercial arrangements for February 2025.

“When you put an event on like this, the key considerations are the commercial arrangements that are required, they are very substantial and they will be in place for 2025. We’re in very advanced stages in that regard,” said Banner.

“Come 2025, I think we’ll race and we should be in a position by then to sustain it on an ongoing basis annually thereafter.”

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