In an unfortunate turn of events for the Indian motorsport fans, the highly anticipated 2024 Hyderabad E-Prix, which was set to take place on 10th February has now been decided to be called off by Formula E, and they have cited a breach of contract on the part of the state government.
We have announced an update to the Season 10 calendar, with the cancellation of the Hyderabad E-Prix, scheduled for Saturday 10th February.
— Formula E (@FIAFormulaE) January 5, 2024
The official announcement from the governing body came on Friday, in which they accused the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department of the Government of Telangana of not fulfilling the Host City Agreement that they signed back in October.
“The cancellation comes following a decision by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department (MAUD), under the control of the Government of Telangana, not to fulfil the Host City Agreement signed on 30 October 2023. Formula E Operations (FEO) has been left with no choice other than to formally give notice to MAUD that it is in breach of contract. FEO is considering its position and what steps it may take under the Host City Agreement and applicable laws,” read the official statement from Formula E.
Hyderabad E-Prix would be the second FIA event in the Telangana capital within a year
The organizing body had received an official communication from the State Government some weeks back, which indicated that the event would potentially be jeopardized, and last week, there were multiple concerns raised after the 2023 state assembly elections.
“We are extremely disappointed for the huge motorsport fanbase in India. We know that hosting an official motorsport world championship race is an important and prestigious occasion for Hyderabad and the whole country,” said Formula E Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer Alberto Longo.
Hyderabad would have been hosting its second FIA World Championship event within a year. In February 2023, the Telangana capital hosted a single round of the all-electric single-seater series, marking the return of FIA events to the country after a decade.
Before that, India hosted the Grand Prix Formula One race from 2011 to 2013 at the Buddha International Circuit, Greater Noida. Now, Moto GP stands as the only premier motor racing event in India.