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12:56  26 february  2021
12:56  26 february  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Before the start of the Formula E season in Diriyya, the calendar for 2021 is not yet one hundred percent - the series is currently planning an America block

The first half of the Formula E season in 2021 is set - including today's start of the season in Saudi Arabia - almost on solid feet. The second part of the championship from June, however, still has to be planned by those responsible for the electric formula series. In order to guarantee an efficient season, an America block after the planned June run in Chile is being considered.

Currently, Chile is classified as a "red zone" by many countries such as Great Britain in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This means that travelers have to go into quarantine on their return. The United States of America and Mexico, on the other hand, are not viewed as high risk areas, which is why a visit to these countries after the Chile double header could be worthwhile for Formula E.

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It is not yet clear where the races will ultimately take place, as many areas in which the runs are to take place are currently being used for other purposes. A makeshift hospital stands at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico, vaccination centers were set up in the Red Hook neighborhood of New York, while Brooklyn Field Hospital was closed. Accordingly, Formula E has to draw up alternative plans in the countries.

America-Bock "efficient"

Jamie Reigle, the executive chairman of the Formula E, told 'Motorsport.com': "We have not yet announced the calendar for after the race in Santiago, but the plan currently provides that we will stay in this part of the world. "

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Reigle also hopes for exemptions and relaxations: "If these exemptions are not possible, we will have a pretty serious discussion, but we are betting that we will get some exemptions, or that the restrictions will be relaxed, or that we will immediately go somewhere where the restrictions do not apply. "

From a logistical point of view, an "America block in June" is the "most efficient" way for the Formula E puller to continue the season after the Chile race. That could mean that the races in the US and Mexico will follow the Santiago run. In Europe, Formula E is still working on alternatives should a race not take place as planned. The racetrack in Vallelunga could, for example, fill in for Rome.

Alternatives sought

An alternative solution has to be found for the race in London, as the ExCeL Center has been converted into the Nightingale Hospital. Reigle says, "The challenge is that the locations in Mexico, New York and London are currently being used as emergency vaccination centers. It is very difficult for us to predict anything from these dates." That is why Formula E is working on alternatives in these and neighboring markets.

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Actually, the double header in Chile was supposed to open the new season on January 16th. The race - as well as the planned Mexico run on February 13 - had to be postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. Formula E has not yet presented a full calendar in order to be able to react bit by bit to the development. The final version is therefore not expected until spring.

After the season opener in Saudi Arabia, , where the first night race of the championship will take place, is planning the Formula E races in Italy, Spain, Monaco, Morocco and Chile. Diriyya and Santiago form double header events with two runs each.

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