Formula E is set to race in Sanya next season, marking the return of the electric street racing series to Mainland China on March 23, for round six of the 2018-2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Sanya—a popular tourist destination on the southern tip of Hainan—will see the futuristic new-look Gen2 cars battling it out on the shores of the South China Sea. Formula E has previously raced in China, with Beijing hosting the first-ever E-Prix around the grounds of the Olympic Park in 2014—as well as the opening round of season two.
The teams and drivers will go wheel-to-wheel against the backdrop of Haitang Bay, with further details on the track layout to be revealed at a later date.
Subject to the approval of the updated calendar by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the Sanya E-Prix will be the second of two races to be held in Asia in season five, alongside the third visit of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to Hong Kong on March 10.
“Bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship back to Mainland China is an important step in a key territory for the series and a market that’s instrumental to the continued development and uptake of electric vehicles globally,” Formula E Founder & CEO Alejandro Agag said. “Sanya is an idyllic setting for a Formula E race - not just with the stunning views on the shores of the South China Sea—but for the ongoing efforts of Hainan in the field of electric mobility, which has led to Sanya boasting the best air quality of any city in China.”
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