Ongoing travel restrictions from the UK due to the new Covid-19 strain have delayed the Santiago double header season opener for Formula E.

Formula E posted on twitter:

“In consultation with the Santiago municipality, the #SantiagoEPrix has been postponed.

“The races will no longer take place as a double-header on January 16 and 17 and we are working with the city to finalise dates on which to stage the races later in Q1 of 2021.”

Half of the teams and a significant proportion of the championship’s operational team are based in the UK and with Chile banning travel from the country as of yesterday the only option for the championship was to postpone until the championship can feasibly travel.

Questions are obviously raised as well for the second venue which is Saudi Arabia for Formula E’s first ever night race.

No announcement has been made as of yet with discussions ongoing but it is currently up in the air.

Sam Smith and The Race published the text from the official document that was sent out to teams and partners this afternoon: “Chile has temporarily closed its borders with the UK. As such, in consultation with the Santiago municipality, we have agreed to postpone the Santiago E-Prix.

“It will no longer take place as a double-header on January 16 and 17. Instead, we are working with the city to finalise dates on which to stage the races later in Q1.

“We will officially communicate these new dates as part of our January calendar update when we will also confirm the second set of 2020/21 races.”

The new Covid strain has caused a new Tier 4 added to the three tier Covid restrictions system in England putting the south east of the country and London under a lockdown in all but name with a huge number of countries swiftly shutting down all travel from the country into theirs.

Formula E has been working on a fluctuating calendar with only Santiago and Saudi Arabia announced because of the ongoing Covid crisis.

The next steps will be announced in the new year.

 

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