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VALENCIA CIRCUIT RICARDO TORMO, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30: Alexander Sims (GBR), Mahindra Racing, Mahindra M7Electro, leads the field during the Valencia pre-season testing at Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo on Tuesday November 30, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)

Formula E to Race in Hyderabad in 2023

VALENCIA CIRCUIT RICARDO TORMO, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30: Alexander Sims (GBR), Mahindra Racing, Mahindra M7Electro, leads the field during the Valencia pre-season testing at Valencia Circuit Ricardo Hyderabad Tormo on Tuesday November 30, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)

For the first time in its history, the upcoming Formula E race in February 2023 will be hosted in Hyderabad, Telangana state, south-central India, at the Secretariat Complex, going through Lumbini Park near Hussain Sagar Lake.

Pre-season testing for the ninth season will get underway in Valencia, Spain, from December 11-14th, before round 1 starts in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 14th. Rounds 2 and 3 will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, towards the end of January, which then takes us to Hyderabad, India, for round 4 on February 11th.

What is Formula E?

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Officially the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Formula E is a motorsport championship race for single-seater electric cars. The idea for the championship was originally devised in 2011 in Paris, France, by Jean Todt.

It took three years to come to fruition before the inaugural season kicked off in Beijing, China, in September 2014, and it now has FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) status. One of the main reasons behind its conception was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by introducing more hybrid cars and electric cars that are powered by a battery.

There are 11 teams in the championship, and each team has two drivers. Throughout the season, the races are held on temporary street circuits in various major cities around the world, and they race in fully electric-powered cars, which look similar to Formula 1 racing cars.

The races start with 30 minutes practice sessions, where drivers are able to make the most of their maximum 250kW qualifying power output (which is the equivalent to 335 bhp).

The qualifying sessions currently last for around 60 minutes, and the drivers are split into two groups (A and B). Each group then takes part in a ten-minute session to try and set their fastest lap time.

The fastest four drivers from each group make it to the next stage known as the duels, where the qualifiers compete in head-to-head races at 250kW over the following quarter-final, semi-final, and final. This will determine the starting positions of the main race.

Pit stops to swap cars halfway through the race were previously allowed. However, the latest advances in the technology used in electric cars means that having to swap cars mid-race is no longer necessary.

The standard FIA point system for the top ten players is used in Formula E, which means that the winner gets 25 points, and the next nine finishing positions receive 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 1 point, respectively.

In addition, the driver that lands pole position is awarded an extra 3 points, and the driver that records the fastest lap will get an extra 1 point (although he must finish in the top ten). At the end of the season, the team that has racked up the most points will be crowned champion.

Hyderabad ePrix on the Formula E calendar next season

Hyderabad set for Formula E debut on February 11 next year

The local government in Telangana pitched its ambition to host a fixture on the upcoming Season 9 Formula E championship calendar back in January 2022.

Their focus is on reducing pollution and making electric vehicles more popular in the state. Hyderabad District is a city district in the state of Telengana, which covers an area of 650 square kilometres (or 250 square miles). It was founded in 1591, and it now has a population of more than 6.8 million.

Fans and spectators will be able to watch the race live and on television or online. Live sports betting from 10CRIC on the Hyderabad race will soon be available with a variety of markets to choose from.

Generations of cars in Formula E since the electric series began

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Since Formula E began, there have been three different generations of cars. The first generation cars were used in seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 (2014/15 to 2017/18).

The second generation cars were used in seasons 5, 6, and 7 (2018/19 to 2021/22), and the third generation started being used in season 8 (from 2022 going forward). In accordance with FIA regulations, Formula E cars are open-wheel auto racing cars that are powered by batteries and electric motors.

Who will be racing with Formula E Gen3 cars in the 2022/23 season?

Although it’s not yet clear exactly who will be driving in each team, here are the nine teams that will be representing their countries. Britain will be represented by Jaguar TCS Racing, Envision Racing, and Neon McLaren Formula E Team. Avalanche Andretti FE, and Dragon Racing will both be representing the US, and Maserati will be representing Italy.

Representing India is Mahindra Racing. China will be represented by the NIO 333 FE Team and Techeetah, and Japan will be represented by Nissan Formula E Team, while Germany will be represented by Team ABT and Porsche Formula E Team.

Upcoming races to look forward to in future

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Round 1 is scheduled to take place on January 14th, 2023, in Mexico City, Mexico, at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit. You then have a double-header in Saudi Arabia on January 27th and the following day at the Riyadh Street Circuit.

Next up is the Hyderabad Street Circuit event on February 11th (the first FIA World Championship event in India since the 2013 Indian Grand Prix). The locations for rounds 5 and 6 have yet to be announced, and round 7 will also be held at the Sao Paulo Street Circuit in Brazil on March 25th (also the first time the race has been hosted in Brazil).

Round 8 will see the drivers racing around the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit in Berlin, Germany, and then it’s off to Monaco for round 9 to race on the Circuit de Monaco on April 22nd. Rounds 10 and 11 will both be held in Seoul, South Korea.

However, the exact circuit location in this part of the world has yet to be revealed. We then go to Jakarta, Indonesia, for rounds 12 and 13 on the 3rd and 4th of June, respectively.

There’s currently no info for round 14. There’s another double-header on July 15th and 16th. This time it’s in Rome, Italy, on the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR.

Finally, the season’s last two races will take place in London, England, on July 29th and 30th on the ExCel London circuit. Several location changes have already been implemented, and more information about the locations that have yet to be announced will soon be available on the official FIA Formula E website.