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Alberto Longo, the co-founder of ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, has stated that the return of the Hyderabad race next year will be dependent on the non-negotiables like timely payments, proper planning, and upholding the operational standards of the organisation. The future of the Formula E race in Hyderabad is uncertain after it wasn’t included in the provisional calendar for the next season.

The first-ever ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race in India, happened at a street circuit near the Hussain Sagar lake in the city of Hyderabad on February 11, earlier this year. Round four of season nine, called the 2023 Greenko Hyderabad E-Prix, was won by Jean-Eric Vergne in front of more than 25,000 people.

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Notably, in his exclusive chat with PTI, Alberto Longo was quoted as saying about the uncertain future of the Hyderabad race, “The truth is that we are in talks with minister KTR and his team, and the promoter. We had some challenges in the past and I'm sure it will be solved but until everything is solved and sorted out obviously we cannot announce the city but we're really willing to go back to India.”

When the Formula E co-founder was asked about the issues faced in the build-up to the Hyderabad race earlier this year, he mentioned the “economical sort of challenges,” with the promoter Greenko. It has already been reported that the Hyderabad Street Circuit was completed at the very last minute before the race was due to happen, while the lack of toilets at the venue wasn’t something Alberto Longo was happy about.

A final call on the Hyderabad race, which is part of a four-year agreement between Formula E, Greenko, and the Telangana Government, will be taken at the World Motor Sport Council meeting this October, where the FIA championships calendar is going to be ratified.