"The Sao Paulo city authorities have asked us
to postpone the race to season five, due to an ongoing process
of privatization of the Anhembi Park venue," said a spokesperson
for the all-electric series on Thursday.
"Racing in city centers always poses challenges and as this
process is taking longer than expected, in agreement with the
city of Sao Paulo, we’ve decided to place negotiations on
stand-by until the privatization process is complete."
Formula E's fourth season starts in Hong Kong on Saturday, with
Sao Paulo originally scheduled for March 17 next year as the
fifth round of the 14 race season.
Brazil currently has two Formula E drivers with the inaugural
champion Nelson Piquet Junior and title holder Lucas di Grassi.
The Sao Paulo race was one of four new venues on the calendar
along with Rome, Zurich and the Chilean capital of Santiago.
Formula E said a replacement for the Brazilian round would be
presented to the governing International Automobile Federation
(FIA) in Paris next week.
Sao Paulo city authorities are also in the process of
privatizing the Interlagos circuit that hosts the Brazilian
Formula One Grand Prix.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)
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