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Punta del Este joins the 2017/18 calendar to replace Brazil // Welcoming Uruguay back to the season lineup

Published by Christine Blachford

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Welcome to It Only Takes E Minute, where Formula E welcomes back a familiar track to the season lineup.

There's been a hole in the Formula E calendar since Brazil unfortunately had to withdraw from hosting duties in March next year, and now the barely kept secret of Uruguay stepping up to fill that gap has been confirmed.

The Punta del Este track will take up hosting duties of the sixth round of the 2017/18 season on 17th March, as agreed by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council today. It's still subject to a couple of sign-offs and the circuit being homologated but for all intents and purposes, it is going ahead.

Formula E chief, Alejandro Agag, admitted they always had Uruguay in reserve as soon as the issues with Brazil arose, and it's merely been a matter of waiting for the FIA to get together and approve it.

The track is a popular one, loved by drivers and fans alike, slicing up and down the Punta del Este harbour and beachfront. The event has been held twice, in the first and second Formula E seasons, but it disappeared off the calendar last year as it was impossible to reach an agreement between organisers and the government.

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