Formula E has signed a five-year deal with the city of Sao Paulo for the Brazilian city to host the all-electric championship.
Subject to FIA approval, Sao Paulo is set to host its first E-Prix in 2023, the first year of Formula E’s Gen 3 era.
“We are delighted that the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will be heading to Brazil for the very first time pending approval at the FIA World Motor Sport Council in June,” said Formula E Chief Championship Officer Alberto Longo.
The country has a huge, long-standing passion for motorsport, it’s a big market as one of the largest countries in the world, and Sao Paulo itself is a historic race location.
“We can’t wait to welcome the Brazilian fans. They are like no other and there is sure to be a lively, unique atmosphere as the fans enjoy Formula E racing with the leap forward in technology and performance we are going to see with Gen 3.”
The South American country has been on Formula E’s radar since the series’ inception. Rio de Janerio had been set to host the championship in its first year before being dropped from the calendar.
Sao Paulo itself was on the 2017-18 calendar before being replaced by Punta del Este.
The deal for Brazil to finally take its place on the FE calendar was signed in Monaco, with Sao Paulo Turismo officials at the event.
Sao Paulo mayor Ricardo Nunes has welcomed the announcement:
“Hosting an E-Prix is completely lined up with the city objectives: to attract events that promote Sao Paulo’s image to the whole world, to move the economy and create jobs with events tourism; furthermore, to foment sustainable development.”