All-electric single-seater motor racing series Formula E has announced the cancellation of the 2024 Hyderabad E-Prix after the regional government of the area elected not to fulfill its hosting commitments for the event.
The Government of Telangana, the regional government of the state of Telangana, within which Hyderabad is situated, signed an agreement on October 30, 2023, to host a race on the 2024 Formula E calendar.
That race had been scheduled to take place on February 10, 2024, as only the second Formula E race to take place in the country, however, the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department (MAUD), which is controlled by the Telangana government, told Formula E organizers that it would not be fulfilling the host agreement.
Formula E had been reportedly in discussion with the Telangana government regarding the race since its new makeup was elected in December of 2023, with the new government reportedly looking to change tact away from the E-Prix’s hosting.
Likely, the race will not be replaced on the Formula E calendar, meaning what would have been a record 17-race season for the series, will now have 16 races instead, the same number as the 2023 season.
Jeff Dodds, the series’ chief executive, stated: “It is deeply frustrating that we cannot build on the success of the inaugural race last year, which delivered almost $ 84 million in positive economic impact to the region.
“We are also disappointed for our major Indian partners, particularly Mahindra and Tata Communications. Racing in Hyderabad was important to showcase the benefits of adopting electric vehicles in a market where pollution from vehicle engines has a massive impact on public health and the environment.”
The Formula E 2024 season will begin on Jan 13 in Mexico City, Mexico, with pre-season testing to take place in Valencia, Spain.
Formula E recently agreed free-to-air deals in Germany and Austria to expand its free viewer base in Europe, having done the same in Brazil.