Formula E has announced that the opening round of its 2021 season, a double-header scheduled on January 16-17 at Santiago in Chile, has been postponed.
The all-electric series did not provide any details for why the event has been delayed, but it's likely the postponement was prompted by the current COVID-19 crisis, with Chile closing its borders to visitors originating from the UK where five FE teams - Mercedes, Envision Virgin Racing, Jaguar Racing, Mahindra Racing and NIO 333 - are based.
"On December 22, in consultation with the Santiago municipality, the decision was taken to postpone the Santiago E-Prix," Formula E stated on its website.
"The races will no longer take place as a double-header on January 16-17 and Formula E is working with the city to finalise dates on which to stage the races later in Q1 (first quarter) of 2021."
The FIA Formula E series' seventh season is set to unfold over 12 rounds this year, a schedule that includes three double-header weekends in Santiago, Diriyah and London.
Tuesday's news implies that the series will likely kick off its campaign at Diriyah in Saudi Arabia on February 26.