Hyderabad is all set to host the first ever Formula E race in India

(Motorsports news) Hyderabad is all set to host the first ever Formula E race in India, in what is a big step towards the growth of motorsports in the country. The city will join the likes of New York, London, Berlin, Rome and Seoul which have already been hosting the event and the race proposal was all thanks to the initiative of industries and IT minister K. T. Rama Rao. An agreement will be signed by the state government, Formula E Association and Greenko, a leading alternative energy provider, “to make Hyderabad a candidate host city for Formula E race on yearly basis.”

Since 2014 Formula E has just grown immensely and it gives a wide look into the future of the motorsports industry. The best part of Formula E is that no new separate track is required, unlike F1 as the racing takes place on the existing city roads. The team had visited the Hussainsagar circuit of Tank Bund and Necklace road, the circular road around KBR Park in Jubilee Hills and financial district road in Gachibowli which can be the next venue by November 2022 or March 2023 itself if the state government undertakes infrastructure developments to make the circuit not only race worthy but also world class.

This a major boost for the motorsports fans in India as the FIA are trying to dive into the Asian market and especially after an amazing season last year, the viewership along with added sponsorship makes it possible for Hyderabad to host an E-prix. The decision to host in Hyderabad was because of the development of Hyderabad in the hub of all technologies. It is the hub for sustainability activities and is also a key player in production of clean electricity as it matches with the Formula E ideals. 

Alberto Longo, Co-founder and Chief Championship Officer, FIA Formula E said, “We are announcing Hyderabad as the official candidate city for Formula E. This is massive because it was only 29 days ago that I received a call from Dilbagh (Mahindra team) that there is an opportunity in India. I have never seen the speed in taking decisions like it happened here. That obviously has somewhat helped the group of people behind the decisions that we make. I have never seen such a speed of decisions by a Minister (referring to Industries Minister KT Rama Rao). You can clearly see the vision he has for the State. I was surprised to know that. We hope that Hyderabad will be on the calendar of Formula E soon and we can actually enjoy the race in Hyderabad soon. We are impressed with the attitude that brought us here and I am sure it will lead us to finalizing the race soon”

On the track changes he said, “The track proposed by the Telangana Government is good. We will suggest a few changes and modify it to suit the race. But I can say the location is fantastic and hopefully we will get everyone to be part of the event here. Clearly, it is a global event and we are expecting participation from several countries. About 400 to 500 million people watch the race on TV and the spectatorship at the event depends on the city. However, it is safe to say that about 50,000 to 80,000 people will watch it at the location.”

After the signing ceremony, Mahindra Racing CEO Dilbagh Gill expressed delight and said that “it has always been our burning desire to race in front of our fans and have a home race. We are now one big step closer to this dream”.

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Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO of Greenko and promoter of the event, said that “if all goes as planned then Hyderabad would enter into a final agreement with Formula E in the next three months and could expect a race soon. Greenko has been synonymous with green and renewable energy and we hope our engagement with such global events goes a long way,” 


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