Uncertainty looms over Cape Town’s inclusion in Formula E 2024 Calendar

By: Siyavuya Mbaduli

Cape Town’s absence from the provisional calendar for the Formula E 2024 season raises questions about the city’s future as a host for the electrifying event.

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The inaugural Cape Town E-Prix which took place earlier this year was a resounding success, drawing a sold-out crowd and generating a significant economic impact of over R1 billion. However, the provisional calendar released for Season 10 fails to mention Cape Town as a host city, leaving fans and organizers in a state of uncertainty.

Formula E Operations (FEO) acknowledges ongoing discussions with Cape Town, along with other interested cities, regarding future races. Alberto Longo, co-founder and chief championship officer of Formula E, expresses optimism about making further calendar announcements after the next FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting later this year. However, with no concrete assurances yet, the hopes of Formula E enthusiasts in Cape Town hang in the balance.

Formula E 2024
Image: Jaguar TCS Racing

According to recent reports, Iain Banner, Chairman of E-Movement, the driving force behind bringing the electric car event to Cape Town, remains cautiously optimistic. He assures that efforts are underway to secure guarantees for the 2024 race, with a target completion date by the end of July. The potential return of the Cape Town E-Prix holds promise, given its remarkable success and the newfound international appeal it brought to the city.

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As fans eagerly await the final decision, Formula E continues to expand its horizons. Tokyo is set to debut as a host city in March 2024, marking the first-ever FIA-sanctioned world championship motorsport event in Japan. This milestone emphasizes the championship’s pursuit of attracting more world cities to join the electric racing phenomenon.

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While scepticism lingers over Cape Town’s exclusion, there remains a glimmer of hope that the race will reclaim its place on the Formula E 2024 calendar, bringing electrifying excitement back to the Mother City.

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