The Sao Paulo Formula E race scheduled for March 17 has been shelved until 2019 at the earliest, with a replacement event set to be announced by the World Motor Sport Council next week.

Brazil was due to host Formula E for the first time next spring after Sao Paulo was listed as the sixth round of the all-electric series' fourth season, acting as the final flyaway before a four-race stint in Europe.

However, as confirmed to Crash.net by a Formula E spokesperson in Hong Kong on Thursday ahead of Saturday's season-opener, the Sao Paulo race will now be postponed.

The 14-round calendar for the 2017/18 season will remain, with Formula E confirming that a replacement race will be announced by the World Motor Sport Council on December 6 to take the March 17 slot.

"The Sao Paulo city authorities have asked us to postpone the race to season five, due to an ongoing process of privatisation of the Anhembi Park venue," the spokesperson said.

"Racing in city-centres 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 privatisation process is complete - with the city specifying their desire to be considered on the calendar for next year.

"In the meantime, we’ve prepared an alternative solution for this season that will be formally presented to the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris next week."

 

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