It is confirmed that Extreme E has decided to postpone visiting the next two of its destinations in South America for this season.
The series was due to hold its Amazon XPrix in the Brazilian state of Pará (October 23-24) before heading further south to the Glacier XPrix in Patagonia, Argentina (December 11-12). CEO Extreme E Alejandro Agag cited travel restrictions as the main issue for such decision.
“We’ve been closely monitoring the situation regarding all Extreme E locations for 2021 and have chosen to make this pre-emptive decision on racing in South America this year.
“As a new series embarking on our opening season, our priority is to deliver a five-race calendar of events which are safe and responsible for our global participants, partners and staff to travel to and attend.
“This was not a decision made lightly, however current travel advice and restrictions have also meant we have been unable to visit the race areas in advance to undertake the necessary reconnaissance visits, which are especially vital due to the remote nature of our operations.”
Alternative race locations are currently under exploration and will be announced in due course. Options include the possibility of the Western Isles, Scotland ahead of Glasgow hosting COP26 in November.