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Buenos Aires Mayor signs three-year Formula E race deal
Buenos Aires|07 Mar 14
Mayor Mauricio Macri, today (7 March) officially welcomed the FIA Formula E Championship to Buenos Aires as one of 10 global cities to host the new fully-electric racing series.
Together with the CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag, the Mayor signed an agreement which will see the Argentinean capital host Formula E races for the next three years, beginning with the city’s first electric Grand Prix on 10th January 2015.
Buenos Aires joins a list of nine other cities to be announced for the inaugural season and one of three races taking place in South America. Formula E is a new FIA Championship using electric single-seater cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. Beginning this September, the series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world's leading cities with 10 teams, each with two drivers, going head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans.
Speaking on the announcement Mayor Mauricio Macri said: “For Buenos Aires to be selected to host a Formula E race alongside worldwide cities such as Beijing, London and Los Angeles demonstrates the commitment of the city to embracing new technologies, clean mobility and respect for the environment. The electric vehicle will play a significant role in reducing future pollution in cities across the globe, making them better places to live, and Buenos Aires is pleased to be at the forefront of this and to be supporting a pioneering initiative such as the FIA Formula E Championship.”
Circuit layouts for the Buenos Aires Formula E Grand Prix are currently being finalised with the confirmed route expected to be unveiled in mid-May, although it will remain subject to FIA track homologation. As with all Formula E events, the race will take place in one day, incorporating the city as a backdrop and providing a great spectacle for the local people.
Alejandro Agag said: “It gives me huge satisfaction to be signing this agreement today which will bring Formula E to the people of Buenos Aires for at least the next three years, putting it on the world stage for electric motorsport competition. Argentina is a country of great automotive tradition as well as a unique setting to host a Formula E Grand Prix. Mayor Mauricio Macri and the city authorities have shown tremendous commitment to not only Formula E but to promoting cleaner, greener energy which I have no doubt will help transform the city into one of the world leaders in sustainability.”
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